In the early part of the twentieth century, education focused on the acquisition of literacy skills: simple reading, writing, and calculating. It was not the general rule for educational systems to train people to think and read critically, to express themselves clearly and persuasively, … Now, at the end of the century, these aspects of high literacy are required of almost everyone in order to successfully negotiate the complexities of contemporary life… Thoughtful participation in the democratic process has also become increasingly complicated as the locus of attention has shifted from local to national and global concerns.

Currently reading John D. Bransford’s How People Learn : Brain, Mind, Experience and School (Expanded Edition) (2000) and these sentences strike me as they speak my mind. Helping all individuals to realize their full potential is not enough, we must make sure they do it for the common good.