What’s it’s all about? Why do we even do it? What’s the point of education?

UK parents will get the opportunity to say what they see as the purpose of education, after a bitterly divided education debate in this year’s UK general election.

Schools as exam factories? Schools where capable citizens learn the critical thinking, and related skills, to participate in democracy? Parents will be asked to have their say.

It’s a different situation in New Zealand where the entire Education Act is being reviewed, with minimal consultation, let alone an open invitation to parents to give an opinion. Instead, draft legislation will be presented to Parliament, and then select committee hearings will be held on an already narrowly-framed agenda.