What Education is supposed to accomplish

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“The first priority has to be… to lend to those to be educated a mastery of their own language so that they can express themselves clearly and with precision, in speech and in writing. That’s the very first priority. The second priority is to give students an entree to and an identity within the culture of their society, which implies a study of history, literature, and all that. And the third, very close to the second, is to prepare people for living in a society in which science is important, which means to teach them mathematics, or at least arithmetic, and the fundamental skills important to observing the world.”

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