Webster’s defines a public school in the U.S. as “an elementary or secondary school that is part of a system of free schools maintained by public taxes and supervised by local authorities.”

It’s easy to open a book and nail down the definition of a public school.

But what exactly is the purpose of a public education?

Sir Ken Robinson, a British speaker whose enormously popular TED talk on education has been seen over 43 million times, has offered a recent take on the aims of education: “To enable students to understand the world around them and the talents within them so that they can become fulfilled individuals and active, compassionate citizens.”  

Is that happening in Idaho’s public schools?

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EdSurge: Kids Don’t Fail, Schools Fail Kids