Noam Chomsky on the Purpose of Public Education

In a time of existential risk when irresponsible decisions are being made by the incoming administration, many professors of education, teachers in public schools, and parents who are resisting the privatization of public education oppose the nomination of Betsy Devos as Secretary of Education.

In this video Noam Chomsky, a life-long advocate for progressive public education, encourages us to consider what the purpose of a public educational system is. Is it to pass tests, to absorb materials given to children from the outside that they must repeat, or to think creatively in classrooms that value student initiated learning projects that have some purpose in the world?

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