Noam Chomsky "Public Education and The Common Good"
Published on Feb 8, 2013
Noam Chomsky addressed more than 800 students at East Stroudsburg University on February 7, 2013.
Mr. Chomsky gives to us an eloquent historical, present and future perspectives as to the public educational system in the US how he believes it has been used not for the common good, but rather for the special interests of those who have power and money and want to perpetuate a docile non-critical thinking population..
Society, or the common good, as Chomsky called it, encourages people to focus on themselves and their own success. Programs such as public education and Social Security, which are now under attack, are based on a different perception.
"They are based on the perception that we should care about other people....That's a dangerous perception. It means you should be a human being and not a pathological creature,"
Public education only increases this country's success by providing a means for as much talent as possible to reach it's potential. If we restricted education only to those who could pay for it the country would not have had the successes it has had. All of those "I built this" couldn't happen without access to a large educated workforce. Those people who think they shouldn't pay into other peoples' education fail to grasp the direct benefit education has on everyone's lives.
That does not mean that the best opportunities will find their way to everyone, but public education certainly should provide the springboard for anyone to try, and we all benefit in the end.