Public Education and The Common Good

February 14th, 2013

Watch this video, by Noam Chomsky, 47.45 min,  uploaded by Leigha Cohen, Feb 8, 2913: Noam Chomsky addressed more than 800 students at East Stroudsburg University on February 7, 2013. Mr. Chomsky gives to us an eloquent historical, present and future perspectives as to the public educational system in the US how he believes it has been used not for the common good, but rather for the special interests of those who have power and money and want to perpetuate a docile non-critical thinking population. Society, or the common good, as Chomsky called it, encourages people to focus on themselves and their own success. Programs such as public education and Social Security, which are now under attack, are based on a different perception. “They are based on the perception that we should care about other people….That’s a dangerous perception. It means you should be a human being and not a pathological creature.”

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