educational philosophy · for faculty · unschooling

Noam Chomsky on the purpose of education

In this 20 minute video, Noam Chomsky discusses different views on the purpose of education.  There is the traditional view that the highest goal in life is to inquire and create, and follow a quest for understanding, versus the control and indoctrination view where the believe is that “young people have to be placed into a framework in which they will follow orders and not challenge existing frameworks.”  He also discusses the impact of technology, whether education should be perceived as a cost or an investment, and the value of standardised assessment.

Some of my favourite quotes from this video include:

“Do we want to have a society of free, creative, independent individuals able to appreciate and gain from the cultural achievements of the past and to add to them… or do we want people who can increase GDP?”


“Passing tests doesn’t begin to compare with searching, inquiring and pursuing topics that engage us and excite us.”

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