In your editorial you wrote "The purpose of education IS (my emphasis) to teach students to think, not to instill dogma or to train them to respond in predictable ways. . . ." You should have written, at least, "The purpose of education OUGHT to be to teach students to think. . . ." I would have preferred "ONE purpose of education OUGHT to be. . .
In my view, our public schools do their jobs, perhaps, too well: They keep children out of the hair of many adults much of the time; they teach children that what counts is how long you are on the job (schoolwork, too, is a job), not how competent you are; they keep many people off the rolls of the unemployed by prolonging childhood; they train pupils to be producing consumers (which I take to be their main purpose in our kind of society--although it shouldn't be).
Clearly, the "products" of our schools--I include tertiary-level institutions as well--do not think the schools do their jobs poorly. Otherwise, "the schools" would have been pressured to change.
ROBERT M. GORDON