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Noam Chomsky's prolific writings have made him one of the most-quoted educators in history—the only living writer on a most-cited list that includes Plato, Shakespeare, and Freud. Yet until now, no book has systematically offered Chomsky's influential writings on education. In Chomsky on MisEducation, Noam Chomsky encourages a larger understanding of our educational needs, starting with the changing role of schools today, and broadening our view of new models of public education. Chomsky weaves global technological change and the primacy of responsible media with the democratic role of schools and higher education. A truly democratic society, he argues, cannot thrive in a rapidly changing world unless our approach to education—formal and otherwise—is dramatically reformed. Chomsky's critique of how our current educational system "miseducates" students—and his prescriptions for change—are essential reading for teachers, parents, school administrators, activists, and anyone concerned about the future.
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Editorial Reviews

The Times Higher Education Supplement
Excellent book.
New York Times Book Review
[Chomsky] continues to challenge our assumptions long after other critics have gone to bed. He has become the foremost gadfly of our national conscience.
Christopher Lehmann-Haupt
New Statesman
[Chomsky has] a proud defensive independence, a good plain writer's hatred of expert mystification, a doctrine of resistance which runs against the melioristic and participatory current of most contemporary intellectual life....Such men are dangerous; the lack of them is disasterous.
New York Times Book Review
Judged in terms of power, range, novelty and influence of his thought, Noam Chomsky is arguably the most important intellectual alive today.
From The Critics
In a time when educational reform is on every politician's empathetic lips, we, as a nation, seem united by the idea that our schools are in need of drastic change. Of course, the changes that are inevitably brought up have to do with concrete issues—class size, teachers' salaries, metal detectors and school funding. Never mentioned, except by the occasional home-schooling advocate, is the possibility that the educational system itself is flawed; we are teaching our students the wrong things. That's the bracing premise floated in the newest collection of essays and lectures by the anti-authoritarian iconoclast, Noam Chomsky. At the outset, Chomsky states his thesis "Schools have always, throughout history, played an institutional role in a system of control and coercion." Chomsky has always been a stubborn force for the American left, attacking the remotest hints of totalitarianism, regardless of which way the winds are blowing, and he would have been the perfect pin to pop the hot-air bubble that is the current educational debate. Unfortunately, Macedo, the book's editor, has chosen pieces on Chomsky's usual themes: the spreading of misinformation, manufacturing of consensus, the illusion of the free market. There is hardly anything here specifically addressing educational reform, which is a shame, as Chomsky would have brought a unique perspective to it as an MIT professor. This book portrays Chomsky at his best—bitingly sarcastic, relentlessly logical and passionate—but it's just not the book that the title promises.
—Chris Barsanti
Library Journal
Although the title of Chomsky's latest work implies a discussion on the "miseducation" of America's students, there is little about education here. The bulk of this book--which includes a lecture delivered at Loyola University in 1994, a chapter reprinted from a 1989 work by Chomsky, and a lecture delivered at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, in 1997--rehashes his assertions that U.S. government policies are tied to the interests of the corporate elite. Chomsky, a political dissident as well as a noted linguist, focuses his criticism primarily on America's foreign policies in Central America, claiming that we have condemned the actions of certain factions while condoning similar actions of other factions and have hidden many such things from the American public. The lone exception to this theme is the first chapter, a dialog between Chomsky and Donaldo Macedo, where Chomsky argues that American schools discourage independent thinking and are more interested in controlling students and catering to the wishes of those who have wealth and power. But even here, Chomsky quickly goes off the mark and steers the discussion to American foreign policy. Considering that most of the material is not original and is dated, this is a marginal purchase even for academic libraries.--Terry Christner, Hutchinson P.L., KS Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Contains the edited text of five essays, lectures, interviews, and a debate in which Chomsky participated, on the subject of education. Addresses the changing role of schools, new models of public education for citizenship, the role of global technological change, the media's involvement in educational ideology, and the democratic role of schools and higher education. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Meet the Author

Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is the author of more than 80 books. He lives in Lexington, Massachusetts. Donaldo Macedo is professor of English and Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Education at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is the author of many books, including Literacies of Power and the forthcoming Ideology Matters, coauthored with Paulo Freire.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Beyond a Domesticating Education: A Dialogue 15
2 Democracy and Education 37
3 The Craft of "Historical Engineering" 57
4 Market Democracy in a Neoliberal Order: Doctrines and Reality 135
5 Unmasking a Pedagogy of Lies: A Debate with John Silber 173
Index 189
About the Author and Editor 199
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