I read an interesting blog post by Seth Godin, who some of you may know for his work in marketing, particularly as it relates to new media, web 2.0, etc. Anyway, here was his list of things school is for. I thought it might make an interesting discussion. I'm sure some of you will have some additional ideas or take exception to some of these. I put in bold the ones I feel are especially true in how schools are run. Not necessarily how they should be run, but how I felt they were being run when I was there. Become an informed citizen Be able to read for pleasure Be trained in the rudimentary skills necessary for employment Do well on standardized tests Homogenize society, at least a bit Pasteurize out the dangerous ideas Give kids something to do while parents work Teach future citizens how to conform Teach future consumers how to desire Build a social fabric Create leaders who help us compete on a world stage Generate future scientists who will advance medicine and technology Learn for the sake of learning Help people become interesting and productive Defang the proletariat Establish a floor below which a typical person is unlikely to fall Find and celebrate prodigies, geniuses and the gifted Make sure kids learn to exercise, eat right and avoid common health problems Teach future citizens to obey authority Teach future employees to do the same Increase appreciation for art and culture Teach creativity and problem solving Minimize public spelling mistakes Increase emotional intelligence Decrease crime by teaching civics and ethics Increase understanding of a life well lived Make sure the sports teams have enough players So, what do you think?