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Discuss It

In person or online, dive into these essential questions:

  • What do you think the purpose of school should be? Is?
  • What do your students think the purpose of school should be? Is? How do they respond when you interrupt them during an assignment and ask, “Why are you doing this?”
  • Do your students perform community service? Optional or mandatory? Used as punishment? Do students create their own initiatives to make their world better? Are these efforts driven by their intrinsic motivation? Are they reinforcing a sense of purpose in your students?
  • What small steps could we take to instill more authentic purpose in the lives of our students?

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Dig deeper into the purpose of school with the articles below:
WASHINGTON POST: A venture capitalist searches for the purpose of school. Here’s what he found.