Chomsky on Democracy and Education (Education, Social Theory, and Cultural Change Series)

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Engaging and incisive, Chomsky on Democracy and Education is the first collection of writings, talks, and interviews, some previously unpublished, of his views on language, power, policy, and method in education.

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Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction: Chomsky's education-for-democracy: enlightening mental growth 1
Prologue: Democracy and education (October 1994) 25
I Science: the genetic endowment 43
1 Things no amount of learning can teach (November 1983) 45
2 Language as a key to human nature and society (1975) 58
3 A really new way of looking at language (November 1987) 65
4 Perspectives on language and mind (October 1999) 73
II Anthropology: the cultural environment (vision and reality) 85
5 Rationality/science and post-this-or-that (October 1992) 87
6 Equality: language development, human intelligence, and social organization (March 1976) 100
7 Two conceptions of social organization (February 16, 1970) 126
8 Some tasks for responsible people (August 1969) 150
9 Toward a humanistic conception of education (April 1971) 163
10 The function of the university in a time of crisis (1969) 178
11 Scholarship and commitment, then and now (December 1999) 195
12 The mechanisms and practices of indoctrination (December 1984) 202
13 The task of the media: Central America as a test case (April 1989) 217
14 Propaganda and control of the public mind (February 1997) 226
15 Prospects for democracy (March 1994) 236
16 Some thoughts on intellectuals and the schools (June 1966) 263
17 The responsibility of a university community (May 31, 1969) 276
18 Remarks before the MIT Commission on MIT Education (November 11, 1969) 284
19 Two roles of the American university (1997) 305
20 The universities and the corporations (May 1973) 332
21 Some observations on the teaching of language (September 1969) 341
22 Language theory and language teaching (August 1966) 348
23 Our understanding of language and the curriculum (1964) 357
24 Language theory and language use (1981) 368
25 Language, politics, and composition (1991) 374
Editor's notes 411
References 437
Index 465
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