Chomsky on Miseducation

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2004 - Education - 199 pages
In this book, Chomsky builds a larger understanding of our educational needs, starting with the changing role of schools today, yet broadening our view toward new models of public education for citizenship.

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Although the title of Chomsky's latest work implies a discussion on the "miseducation" of America's students, there is little about education here. The bulk of this book--which includes a lecture ... Read full review

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In developing countries, the education system and consequently intelligensia are highly and deeply influenced by the imperialistic and capitalistic views of developed countries of Europe and Americas. The local values and traditions are badly sacrificed and cruelly destroyed due to the so called slogan of "GLOBAL VILLAGE" customs and civilization. There is a strong clash of civilizations just for getting dominance. western civilization is destroying the Islamic civilization which breeds extremism and conservatism in Muslim societies. its consequences are terrorism and communal violence across the world.
The least developed countries have very poor education system with cramming is the sole principle. the scientific knowledge is of poor quality and concepts are poorly understood by the poor people infected with foreign (English) language. The intelligensia is just flatterer, wealth and pomp hungry. media plays the role of foolish propagandist that harms the interests of developing countries by importing the unfeasible and impractical foreign policies and mechanisms. Poor education system is the only reason behind the constant decline of slave in mind nations. Mighty nations do not want let them free....

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About the author (2004)

Noam Chomsky was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 7, 1928. Son of a Russian emigrant who was a Hebrew scholar, Chomsky was exposed at a young age to the study of language and principles of grammar. During the 1940s, he began developing socialist political leanings through his encounters with the New York Jewish intellectual community. Chomsky received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied linguistics, mathematics, and philosophy. He conducted much of his research at Harvard University. In 1955, he began teaching at MIT, eventually holding the Ferrari P. Ward Chair of Modern Language and Linguistics. Today Chomsky is highly regarded as both one of America's most prominent linguists and most notorious social critics and political activists. His academic reputation began with the publication of Syntactic Structures in 1957. Within a decade, he became known as an outspoken intellectual opponent of the Vietnam War. Chomsky has written many books on the links between language, human creativity, and intelligence, including Language and Mind (1967) and Knowledge of Language: Its Nature, Origin, and Use (1985). He also has written dozens of political analyses, including Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (1988), Chronicles of Dissent (1992), and The Prosperous Few and the Restless Many (1993).

Donaldo Macedo is professor of English and Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Education at the University of Massachusetts - Boston. He is the author of many books, including "Literacies of Power" and the forthcoming "Ideology Matters", coauthored with Paulo Freire.

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