I noticed a very busy and interesting #edchat on Twitter this evening.  One theme that I picked up on related to the struggle we have in defining the goal of education.  I think the question that often comes up is:  What are schools preparing students for?

As parents we may often worry about what kind of job our kids will eventually have, and how they will contribute to their community.  But how do we balance the messages we send to kids about the importance of learning to learn and exploring topics, and learning to have skills and knowledge for employment?  What age/grade is it appropriate to start having those conversations about “the future” without it affecting how students pursue learning, and develop their talents and passions?  Is it possible to plan too early, or too late?