Now that summer’s over and kids are back in school, we ask a basic question: What’s the point of education? Is it to build a workforce? To create democratic citizens? To figure out what matters in life?
We check in with a college student who barely made it through high school, only to find herself on a path to become an educator herself. Two teachers in Tucson tell us why they fought for a controversial Mexican-American Studies program. And in considering the role of classic literature for all of us, a professor tells us why he decided to take a Mediterranean cruise to retrace the journey of Odysseus with his dad.