“The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to down dissent and originality. That is its aim in the United States, whatever the pretensions of politicians, pedagogues, and other such mountebanks, and that is its aim everywhere else…Their purpose, in brief, is to make docile and patriotic citizens, to pile up majorities, and to make John Doe and Richard Doe as nearly alike, in their everyday reactions and ways of thinking, as possible.”
H.L. Mencken –
The idea that the public school system is in place to educate, inform and enlighten arguably does not reflect the current reality. These videos feature some important information and perspectives from Noam Chomsky on the public education system.
Noam Chomsky – The Purpose of Education
Noam Chomsky – Corporate Attack on Education
Noam Chomsky – On Being Truly Educated