|John Franklin Bobbitt
Educational Survey of Cleveland “What the Schools Teach and Might Teach”
In his 1915 report, “What the Schools Teach and Might Teach,” Franklin Bobbitt argues that the primary purpose of education is to prepare students for life in the modern world. He identifies three major areas of focus for schools:
Bobbitt then goes on to examine the curriculum of the Cleveland Public Schools and finds that it is not aligned with his goals for education. He argues that the curriculum is too focused on traditional academic subjects and does not adequately prepare students for life in the modern world.
Bobbitt makes a number of recommendations for reforming the Cleveland Public Schools, including:
Bobbitt's report was highly influential in the development of modern education. His ideas about the purpose of education and the need for a more relevant curriculum are still debated today.
Bobbitt's report was written over 100 years ago, but his ideas about the purpose of education and the need for a relevant curriculum are still relevant today. Schools today face many of the same challenges that Bobbitt identified, including the need to prepare students for a rapidly changing world and the need to differentiate the curriculum to meet the needs of individual students.
Bobbitt's report is also a reminder that education is not just about academic learning. It is also about preparing students for life in the real world. Schools should teach students the skills and knowledge they need to be successful citizens, workers, and family members.