Monday’s Lessons

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Throughout most of the modern period, beginning with the era known as the Enlightenment, education was widely regarded as the most important asset for the building of a decent society. However, this value seems to have fallen out of favor in the contemporary period, perhaps as a reflection of the dominance of the neoliberal ideology, creating in the process a context where education has been increasingly reduced to the attainment of professional, specialized skills that cater to the needs of the business world.

What is the actual role of education and its link to democracy, to decent human relations and to a decent society? What defines a cultured and decent society? World-renowned linguist, social critic and activist Noam Chomsky shares his views on education and culture in this exclusive interview for Truthout.

C. J. Polychroniou: At least since the Enlightenment, education has been seen as one of the few opportunities for humanity to lift the veil of ignorance and create a better world. What are the actual connections between democracy and education, or are those links based mainly on a myth, as Neil Postman argued in The End of Education?

Noam Chomsky: I don’t think there is a simple answer. The actual state of education has both positive and negative elements, in this regard. An educated public is surely a prerequisite for a functioning democracy — where “educated” means not just informed but enabled to inquire freely and productively, the primary end of education. That goal is sometimes advanced, sometimes impeded, in actual practice, and to shift the balance in the right direction is a major task — a task of unusual importance in the United States, in part because of its unique power, in part because of ways in which it differs from other developed societies.

Noam Chomsky @ TRUTHOUT

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7 Responses to Monday’s Lessons

  1. Den says:

    A poor education is not an education, more like Cliff Notes meant to pass our youth through school with the least amount of administrative effort to meet minimum standards. Of course there are exceptions but not many and clearly not enough to prevent people from missing the critical thinking skills needed to get through life.

    A perfect environment to grow anger and discontent which is plainly visible by anyone willing to look.

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  2. David B. Benson says:

    I liked your train, Den.

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  3. David B. Benson says:

    TVD return in 46 minutes. A kestrel in the tall tree again, later trying to catch an updraft; a double murder of crows unable to agree on a place to perch.

    Day 2: 48+46=94 minutes.

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  4. Den says:

    AIIIEEEE! run away! Evil Pumpkin headed this way!

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