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