Educational system, as we have it today, indoctrinates the public to become obedient workers at increasingly shittier jobs and make them believe that that is how life is supposed to be. We are thought to know our place in the hierarchy and be passive, subservient resources that can be utilized, pushed around and laid off for  maximum profit. Creativity, critical thinking, questioning the authority is left out of the system. Students go to college, pile up excessive debt that will take years to get out of, and then they graduate with little options but take any job that pays very little when debt payments are considered.  The availability of loans are pushing education expenses higher so that more and more students have to borrow if they hope to get ahead in the rat race. Then they end up paying hard earned money for interest + principal, the money that was created out of thin air by the banks at the time they borrowed. Half the population who could do the work for themselves (in employee owned corporations) end up working for companies owned by the rich elite. Many see no problem in borrowing at interest from private bankers to fund their education, to buy their car, to buy their house, to fund their business because nobody thought them how money is created in our society.

Here is an interesting video: Noam Chomsky discusses the purpose of education, impact of technology, whether education should be perceived as a cost or an investment and the value of standardised assessment.

Presented at the Learning Without Frontiers Conference – Jan 25th 2012- London

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