Noam Chomsky on public education

Mark at Oz Conservative has an intriguing link to an interview with Noam Chomsky. Chomsky might be a leftist but he has some interesting things to say.
The bit that caught my eye was this:

“Mass public education was introduced in the United States in the nineteenth century as a way of training the largely rural workforce here for industry — in fact, the general population in the United States largely was opposed to public education, because it meant taking kids off the farms where they belonged and where they worked with their families, and forcing them into this setting in which they were basically trained to become industrial workers.”

Mass public education is one of the most sacred of all sacred cows. While it’s now obvious that the main purpose of public education is indoctrination it’s sobering to realise that it has historically played a major role in destroying traditional communities.
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2 comments on “Noam Chomsky on public education

  1. James Higham says:

    The indoctrination over there pretty well started with the Lincoln School, turn of the century, Rockefeller funded, Wundtian educational 'philosophy'.

  2. dfordoom says:

    It's amazing that our schools were able to be completely taken over for the purposes of indoctrination without any resistance being offered.

    I was very lucky, managing to get through my schooling before the education system here was taken over.

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