This talk will examine the social purposes of education, emphasizing those ideas that are interconnected with advancing democratic ideals and that are simultaneously connected to the research on how people learn. The speaker will make the case that curriculum development needs to interconnect the principals of a science of learning with a commitment to education as a tool of discovery. He will draw upon the case examples of the School of Education at the University of Redlands to show how this is possible, but a meaningful extension of existing practices.