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On MisEducation (Critical Perspectives)

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  279 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
This collection of Chomsky's influential writings on education builds a larger understanding of our educational needs, starting with the changing role of schools today, yet broadening our view toward new models of public education for citizenship.
Paperback, 199 pages
Published February 23rd 2004 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (first published 2000)
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Emilio Molina
Nada relativo al sistema educativo excepto el primer capítulo, que ni siquiera escribe Chomsky, sino Donaldo Macedo.
El libro es más bien una crítica a la manipulación de EEUU e Israel en los conflictos de Nicaragua y la franja de Gaza.
Demasiados datos que retener, bastante tedioso en ocasiones, al menos para mí. Se recrea demasiado, pero sirve para tener una idea global de la falta de democracia en el país abanderado de la democracia.
En definitiva, no era lo que quería leer cuando lo compré guiá
I picked this up hoping for a good discussion of the ills of the current school system, how they came about, and alternatives to it. However, this is touched on only briefly in the first chapter, an interview with the editor, Macedo, and then in the best part of the book, an essay on John Dewey and the connection between education and real democracy. The rest of the book consists of various lectures, speeches, and debates Chomsky has given, with the implication that doctrinal education is partly ...more
Roberto Suarez
Nov 16, 2013 Roberto Suarez rated it really liked it
From one of the most cited scholars of our time, Noam Chomsky, “MisEducation” lays out an impelling argument of how American education reproduces dominant ideology and discourages individuals from developing into independent and critical thinkers.

Privatized and indoctrinating systematic propaganda controls education by having children reproduce, legitimatize, and maintain the current dominant social order. Children are not valued with having an innate self-worth in which education assists in gui
Dec 10, 2012 Elisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aunque el título de este libro da a entender que trata sobre cómo se educa a los niños y a la juventud estadounidense, en realidad ahonda más en el tema de Nicaragua y los contras, así como el TLC y la relación Israel-Palestina y la manera en que Estados Unidos se ha entrometido en estos asuntos y distorsionado la realidad para que encaje con sus intereses (de paso destruyendo las pocas posibilidades de desarrollo y progreso que tienen los países con democracias débiles y economías vulnerables, ...more
P. H.
Nov 09, 2008 P. H. rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: no one except the very bilge of the academy
Recommended to P. H. by: ak press
Fuck Noam Chomsky.

I'd leave it there, but let me elaborate for a few sentences.

I read this when I was twelve years old.

If a twelve year old who reads at a 12th grade level cannot understand your writing, you are writing in terms unnecessary. If not for the billowing footnotes and rank nonsense, perhaps I might have enjoyed his very bullshit critique of education in the Western World.

I re-read it when I was sixteen, giving the armchair sissy another chance.

If you want anarchy, read CrimethInc.

Matthew Childs
Jul 14, 2015 Matthew Childs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic account of how exactly media can be used/manipulated in order to produce a specific message (product). In this case, as a classic critic of US foreign policy, Chomsky focuses mainly on how these "products" ultimately benefit the US, especially in the area of foreign policy. Chomsky's overall intention is not solely to set the record straight on certain historical events, mainly in the areas of Central and South America (though it is managed successfully regardless); rather it is to d ...more
Michael Brickey
Aug 07, 2008 Michael Brickey rated it liked it
I tried to read this book once before, but had little success. He assumes that the reader has a basic knowledge of the US role in Latin American affairs of the past thirty years. I do not have that foundation knowledge (miseducation perhaps?), therefore, it was hard for me to follow his analysis of the media's coverage of the events. However, it corresponds to the "propaganda model" he thoroughly, yet no less confusingly, posits in Manufacturing Consent; which, I also had to lay down a few years ...more
May 23, 2012 Zac rated it liked it
Shelves: radical, political
The book is several separate parts put together under a common theme. I'd actually give 4 or 5 stars to the piece 'Democracy and Education' taken from Chomsky's 1994 speech at Loyola endorsing and defending John Dewey. I'd give a solid 4 stars to the piece 'Market Democracy in a Neoliberal Order.' 3 or 4 stars is for the rest which is a little uneven. Each part is good enough, but it's also all more of the same: the role of media and complicit journalists in building the controlling narratives t ...more
Neil Morrison
Aug 03, 2012 Neil Morrison rated it liked it
This could be a good start to reading Chomsky as several of the chapters are available in other books but if you have them already then this book is pretty much un-needed so I dropped a star for that.

However if your new to Chomsky this book will be a real eye-opener and perhaps awaken you to what is going on around yourself and dis-information.

The piece 'Democracy and Education' would by itself be worthy of 5 stars and if you have not read it, I urge that you hunt it down. It can be found indepe
Jun 23, 2013 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: in-limbo
Noam Chompsky (linguist and activist) writes about the indoctrination of children through the education system by the state/corporate ruling class. He argues that our schools are not democratic entities, but are increasingly serving capitalistic interests. Teachers who are true intellectuals will help students become critical thinkers who question the ideologies they are asked to regurgitate in the classroom. I am in an state of quiet uproar as I read this book. It is a fascinating and motivatin ...more
Mar 03, 2015 Blumanthief rated it really liked it
Only gave it 4 because a lot of what he was saying was way over my head, but the stuff I did grasp was amazingly enlightening. Chomsky is a modern genius
Xiaojie Johan
Jan 10, 2015 Xiaojie Johan rated it it was ok
Not the best Chomsky book, but he goes deeper into his observations of miseducation, of which I used to agree with.
Nov 17, 2012 Nativeabuse rated it it was ok
Love the guy, and agree with everything he says, but this is far from his best work. These Chomsky interview books are usually just him saying the same stuff over and over again every single book. This is no exception. I thought it might be an exception because of the fact that it is labeled as a book on education, but it barely touches upon these topics before getting back into the timeworn topics he always discusses, Nicaragua, Central America, South America, Vietnam, Israel, US atrocities, ec ...more
Erik Graff
Jun 03, 2010 Erik Graff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chomsky fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
This is a lazy and misleading piece of compilation by its editor. Half of it is a chapter of a previously published book and the rest consists of a few lectures, interviews and discussions which have only a little to do with what is normally thought of as education. The underlying theme is rather what Chomsky has termed "the manufacture of consent"--in other words, propaganda and how governments, particularly his own, and corporations misinform and distort facts to serve their interests and thos ...more
May 04, 2015 Cristina rated it really liked it
Fa l'efecte que parlant de (des) educació s'hagi de referir en els diversos articles al sistema educatiu, però parla de política exterior nord-americana, la premsa i drets humans. El recull de dialegs o articles convida a reflexionar.
Per què han de tenir drets les "persones jurídiques"? Dret a la propietat, dret a l'honor, són drets humans que de forma consensuada es reconeix jurídicament a unes entitats amb les que difícilment compartim trets distintius.
S'aconsegueix amb un control sobre el c
Feb 14, 2008 JFKW rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: skip it
I'd read this a few years ago and forgot every bit of it. If that's not review enough, I'll elaborate. Sometimes a Chomsky fan will step beyond reason to pick up something with the C-man's name on it. This book is one of those examples. Not only that, but this book also shows that some Chomsky fans will even go beyond reason to edit and introduce a Chomsky book based on a some terrible Chomsky interviews. The beginning is fine, though based on ideas that anyone who has read Manufacturing Consent ...more
Feb 10, 2009 Ben rated it liked it
Shelves: current-events
Chomsky is a man everyone should read. This book's information paralleled what I had just read in Shock Doctrine but without the doctrine part.

I can't read this every day. In fact, it took me more than a year to finish this book. I read 80 pages, put it down for a year, then picked it up and finished it in a week. I can't say that I would enjoy reading it again unless I went to school for political science or something similar. But, I'm glad I read something by Chomsky rather than just watching
Oct 17, 2007 Ben rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Teachers
First 2 chapters are fantastic, the rest of the book strays away from the original topic, and while it is interesting reading about politics, it is not what I was looking for. The first chapter is an interview with Donaldo Macedo, short but interesting. The second chapter goes into more depth but after that it is no more about teaching. Check it out at the library, you can get through the important parts in a day, but don't buy it, you will be disappointed.
Aug 06, 2013 Lushr rated it liked it
As is so often the case with Chomsky books only the introduction by Macedo and the interview between himself and Chomsky in chapter 1 are actually directly associated with the education system and its failings. The rest of the essays are educational but stray to other topics such as lack of democracy, politics war... Blah. The usual stuff I've read a million times from Chomsky.
Mohammed Said
Jun 10, 2013 Mohammed Said rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
El desarrollo de la capacidad crítica es uno de los objetivos más importantes de la educación, pero a veces es difícil conseguirlo en una sociedad que consume tanta basura y que se cree todo lo que lee o escucha por los medios de comunicación.
..nos están engañando a todos, no nos dejemos manipular
Feb 05, 2008 Dena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was pretty standard Chomsky. I was a bit bummed because it focused more on propaganda (and US support for anti-democratic regimes in the Third World) than education. But both are relevant in this age, so it wasn't a waste of time.
Feb 03, 2011 Leif rated it liked it
I went into this wanting to read more about education itself, but this addresses ways in which we are miseducated by the media and others. Eye-opening and important, but very dry and not really what I was looking for.
Michal Wigal
Aug 05, 2011 Michal Wigal added it
Shelves: chomsky
Starts off as a great critique of the indoctrination aspects of schooling in the U.S. but quickly becomes just another compilation of his typical works and not related to education at all.
Aug 09, 2009 Mark rated it liked it
Just a collection of (very good) essays, but with only tenuous links to education. Very interesting "dialogue" as the opening chapter though.
Dan Yost
Oct 26, 2007 Dan Yost rated it really liked it
He makes a good point but, my god, Chomsky's annoying.
Aug 06, 2008 Katrinka rated it it was amazing
Unrelentingly insightful as always.
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