From Noam Chomsky

As I mentioned, public mass education was a major  achievement, in which the US was a pioneer. But it had complex characteristics,  rooted in the sharp class conflicts of the day. One goal was to induce farmers  to give up their independence and submit themselves to industrial discipline and  accept what they regarded as wage slavery. That did not pass without notice.  Ralph Waldo Emerson observed that political leaders of his day were calling for  popular education. He concluded that their motivation was fear. The country was  filling up with millions of voters and the Masters realized that one had to therefore  “educate them, to keep them from (our) throats.”
In other words: educate them  the “right way” — to be obediently passive and accept their fate as right and just,  conforming to the New Spirit of the Age. Keep their perspectives narrow, their  understanding limited, discourage free and independent thought, instill docility and  obedience to keep them from the Masters’ thro

tomorrow an IEP

the kids are sick, I am sick and I have an 8 am meeting for an IEP. It is supposed to be for 11’s learning disabilities but I found out in the car today they had administered personality/psych type of tests on him. I don’t like that they did this with out my permission. I had already filled out he same screening for him and he was, rightfully, creeped out by the questions that are…creepy. Administered by a stranger and without any warning….


paraphrasing from another

A Tool of Massive Erosion: Scientific Knowledge in the Neo Colonial Enterprise. The article is found in Anti-Colonialism and Education: The Politics of Resistance, by George J. Sefa Dei and Arlo Kempf, [], or at Amazon.

  • Refuse to accept as common sense, discourses that present strong symbolic content that may contribute to stereotypes and erroneous beliefs. I will be especially alert to the dangers of accepting claims based on scientific findings, because they carry great power in the modern world.
  • Re-question the aims of education: To focus on ethical consequences of my activity, and not simply on quantitative measures of my effectiveness.
  • Redefine knowledge: To better understand how I come to know and value. Aesthetics, ethics, and metaphysics must all be rethought and revalued so that I begin to assign a proper role for Science and other ostensibly objective forms of knowledge which have come to dominate my vision of the world.
  • Reaffirm my Self through personal expressions of affiliation with others, and to appreciate my own sense impressions and the meaning that I attach to my experience of who I am and how I came to be.