Three Central Questions of Public Education
The definition of “public education” may vary, depending on the country to which you are referring. In the United States, as well as Australia and Canada, public education is defined at Education Bug as a “federally funded school, administered to some extent by the government, and charged with educating all citizens.” It refers to both primary and secondary schools, as well as some public institutions of higher education, although there is typically a cost to attend such institutions. Public schools have been present in America almost since the time the first immigrants landed on Plymouth Rock and called this country home.
- What is the primary purpose of public education?
- Who should be able to receive the educational services provided to the general public?
- How does the government ensure consistently high quality in the educational services it provides?