What goals should education seek? Certainly the ability to read, write, understand science, and do math are the basis for any education. But what I'm speaking to is the skills required to live a fruitful life. Here are some suggestions.
The ability to understand human nature and lead accordingly.
The ability to identify needed personal traits and turn them into habits.
The ability to establish, maintain, and improve lasting relationships.
The ability to keep one's life in proper balance.
The ability to discern truth and error regardless of the source or delivery.
The ability to discern truth from right.
The ability and discipline to do right.
The ability and discipline to constantly improve.
Now that's an education. Think about what a better world this would be if we all possessed these basic skills. We could have less government, better relationships, less law enforcement, the list goes on and on. Yet none of these are taught in a government controlled education system. They seem to indoctrinate children on the advantages of liberalism, but neglect to instill the teachings that could make the world a better place to live. How much easier would a teacher's job be if just the last suggestion was impressed on the young mind? There is a huge gap between our current curriculum and the basics for an education that teaches life skills. Have you ever wondered why?