Education Is a System of Indoctrination of the Young


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Avram Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, logician, social critic, and political activist. Sometimes described as “the father of modern linguistics,” Chomsky is also a major figure in analytic philosophy, and one of the founders of the field of cognitive science. He has spent more than half a century at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he is Institute Professor Emeritus, and is the author of over 100 books on topics such as linguistics, war, politics, mass media, US foreign policy, social issues, Latin American and European history, and more. noamchomsky@​



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3 Responses to “Education Is a System of Indoctrination of the Young”

  1. Learning is peace and teaching is violence, because nobody teaches anybody, but we all learn from each other enabling each one of us to be just and peaceful.

    Learning for Nonviolence and Better Governance versus Teaching for Violence and Worst Governance
    By Surya Nath Prasad, Ph. D. – TRANSCEND Media Service

    • David Fenton says:

      Prof John Hattie has collated evidence of what interventions most influence outcomes in student learning in positive and negative way. His research is published in his visible learning books and it is available online.

      He summarizes his finding by saying that students learn best when they become their own teachers and teachers have higher and more positive effects when they become learners of their students.

      What you have expressed about teaching being violence is certainly true from the historical design purposes of modern schooling as recoreded in Fichte’s Characteristics of the Present Age and Addresses to the German Nation. And it is observed to detrimentally influence various aspects of cognitive development when objectively viewed today.

      Chomsky’s discussion in the video is seems spot on to me.

      Cheers Sincerely David

  2. Gary Steven Corseri says:

    “Teaching is violence….” I don’t think so, Dr. Prasad.

    If we can all “learn from each other,” why can’t we all teach each other? Teaching and learning are not exclusive. In the years that I taught–in public schools, prisons and universities–I always thought my most interesting classes were those in which I could teach and learn.

    We can all learn from each other and we can all teach each other–if we have open minds and hearts and the goal is peace, liberation and wisdom. Learning and teaching can be inter-generational, inter-racial, inter-cultural, males can teach females and females can teach males, etc…. but every religious tradition I know tells us that we need wise leaders/guides.

    Our educational “systems” concentrate on what to think, not how to think. There certainly is a lot of room for improvement. But let us not gainsay the role of the good and wise teacher.