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Chomsky on Miseducation (Critical Perspectives Series


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Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Beyond a Domesticating Education: A Dialogue Chapter 3 Democracy and Education Chapter 4 The Craft of "Historical Engineering" Chapter 5 Market Democracy in a Neo-Liberal Order: Doctrines and Reality Chapter 6 Unmasking a Pedagogy of Lies: A Debate with John Silber

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Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is the author of more than 80 books. Donaldo Macedo is professor of English and Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Education at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.


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 bookÄwhich 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 1997Ärehashes 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.ÄTerry Christner, Hutchinson P.L., KS Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Chomsky and Macedo provide a brilliant analysis of schooling that draws upon a language of critique and possibility that reclaims the notion of schooling as a public good and a democratic force. At a time when teachers, students, and public life in general are under assault by the juggernaut of commodification and capital accumulation, it is crucial that educators, parents, youth, and others be offered a language in which politics, power, justice, and social change become central to any notion of educational reform. Chomsky and Macedo's book fulfills this task with great courage and penetrating wisdom. This is a book that should be read by everyone interested in education and the crisis of democracy. -- Henry A. Giroux, McMaster University Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest
Judged in terms of power, range, novelty, and influence of his thought, Noam Chomsky is arguably the most important intellectual alive today. * The New York Times *
[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 * The New York Times *
[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 Statesman *
Chomsky's intellect continues to be provocative and liberating. * Boston Review *
Excellent book. * Times Higher Education *
The first book to systematically offer all of this prolific writer and public intellectual's influential writings on education. * Education Week *
Chomsky on MisEducation is a helpful addition to the literature on critical, cultural, and educational analysis. -- Michael W. Apple, John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison; author,
The collected essays are the work of a critical and independent mind and deserve a wide audience of educators and anyone concerned with the survival of democracy. * Mind, Culture, and Activity *

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