[caption id="attachment_127851" align="alignleft" width="150"] In an age when routine jobs can be outsourced or automated, it is creativity that will create a thriving new middle class, Zhao argued.[/caption]

What is the purpose of our education system? If it’s to produce skilled employees, then we’re on the right path with Common Core standards and assessments, says education researcher Yong Zhao. But Zhao argues that it’s time to rethink that purpose—and with it, our present course of action.

Instead of producing employees who are capable of following directions, U.S. schools...

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