What is school for? This may seem easy question to answer, but poll taken in USA shows people have different opinions on why kids go to school. poll is called 'Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools'. It is from global association of education professionals called PDK International. PDK asked Americans to name biggest purpose of school. Just 45 per cent of people who took part in poll said main goal of school was to prepare students to pass exams. Around quarter of people said main purpose was to get kids ready to join workforce. Just over 26 per cent of Americans believed biggest reason for school was to teach children about citizenship.
Joshua Starr, CEO of PDK, said poll questioned whether today's schools were doing right thing. He said: "One has to really question whether direction we've been going is consistent with what public wants." He quoted from author James Baldwin, who said in 1963 that purpose of school is "to ask questions of universe and learn to live with those questions." Students had different ideas about what school was for. Elena Brankov, 15, said school was to teach children to be creative, to share ideas with others and to use technology to make world better place. Lyndon Bailey, also 15, said school, "is just to make poor kids into robots who work and make rich people richer".