In a recent comment, Stephen Downes tackled the question of “What’s the purpose of schooling?”, and he took issue with the “view [of] education as something we do to someone else that turns out to be for our benefit“. A few days before, I tried to answer a part of that question myself and, yes, I had also society’s benefit in mind — probably because my experience was shaped by my education paid largely by our country.
See here https://x28newblog.wordpress.com/2021/04/12/distant-associations/ for what I think is necesssary to learn, for people, jobs, and society. I mention imagination and independence, in particular for insight and innovation, and I hope there is room for reconciliation.
(My main motivation for that post was the long series by Jenny Mackness about the philosophy of education, starting around here.)