Are we brainwashing our children “to obey” through our education

Education has a big role in shaping the thought patterns of lazy thinkers if there is such a think. Sounds like an oxymoron. If you’re lazy to think then there is no thinking going on right?  Many of us swallow what the professionals shove down our throat without even a second thought. It’s what we do with our culture, our religion or values and beliefs.  We accept unquestioningly like a herd of sheep.  When we challenge we are labelled radicals.

Chomksy writes:

“There has been a shift from the belief that we as a nation benefit from higher education, to a belief that it’s the people receiving the education who primarily benefit and so they should foot the bill,” concludes Ronald G. Ehrenberg, a trustee of the State University system of New York and director of the Cornell Higher Education Research Institute.

A more accurate description, I think, is “Failure by Design,” the title of a recent study by the Economic Policy Institute, which has long been a major source of reliable information and analysis on the state of the economy.

One primary justification for the design is what Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz called the “religion” that “markets lead to efficient outcomes,” which was recently dealt yet another crushing blow by the collapse of the housing bubble that was ignored on doctrinal grounds, triggering the current financial crisis…

Mass public education is one of the great achievements of American society. It has had many dimensions. One purpose was to prepare independent farmers for life as wage laborers who would tolerate what they regarded as virtual slavery.

The coercive element did not pass without notice. Ralph Waldo Emerson observed that political leaders call for popular education because they fear that “This country is filling up with thousands and millions of voters, and you must educate them to keep them from our throats.” But educated the right way: Limit their perspectives and understanding, discourage free and independent thought, and train them for obedience…. read and reflect

http://www.alternet.org/story/154849/chomsky%3A_how_the_young_are_indoctrinated_to_obey?akid=8536.35630.wJ1Txh&rd=1&t=5

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