Noam Chomsky on Democracy and Education in the 21st Century and Beyond | Innovations in e-Learning |
In a wide-ranging consideration of 21st century education, Noam Chomsky argues that much of what passes for education reform is 'a way of turning the population into a bunch of imbeciles.'


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on history of ed "a lot of public education was, in fact, concerned with trying to teach independent people to become workers in an industrial system." " Emerson- we have to train them in obedience and servility, so they're not going to think through the way the world works and come after our throats."


now- "teachers like you. They're turning into adjuncts, temporary workers who have no rights, you know. I don't have to tell you what it's like, you can tell me."

"teach to the test - worst possible way of teaching. But it is a disciplinary technique. Schools are designed to teach the test. You don't have to worry about students thinking for themselves, challenging, raising questions."


"there's a huge part of the advertising industry which is designed to capture children. And it's destroying childhood. ....Kids don't know how to play....the idea of going out just to play with all the creative challenge, those insights: that's gone. "


"Now they have a new program, which sounds very pretty on the surface. It's designed to increase "critical thinking." And the way you increase critical thinking is by having "balanced education." "Balanced education" means that if you teach kids something about the climate, you also have to teach them climate change denial. It's like teaching evolution science, but also creation science, so that you have "critical thinking."


"Kids are naturally creative, and of course, you don't have to beat it out of them. That's why they're asking, "Why?" all the time."