John Dewey wrote education is not preparation for life, it is life itself. While this may be true, many students enroll in higher education to be better prepared for the profession they will enter after they graduate. It seems reasonable, then, that educators should take steps to ensure their students can use what they learn in the classroom in other settings as well.

@garyackerman I educate students who want to become literature teachers. I try to put them into position to teach in a school as it currently is. But I also want to make them able to shape schools as they should(!) be. This difference is controversially debated in my classes. :)

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