Education is about truth. She worries about Hector’s emphasis on art, suggesting that in her past experience pupils who didn’t succeed academically were therefore assumed to be artists.
He is primarily concerned with league table results.
They have a fairly cynical attitude to education. Their approach is to please whichever teacher is in the room at the time – Dakin in particular takes this approach because he wants to get on. Rudge believes there is a truth out there for him to write down, but is mocked for his belief.
The play raises lots of questions about what education is, but does not answer many. It is something the audience are left to think about.