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The Assault on Public Education

•, BY Noam Chomsky

Public education is under attack around the world, and in response, student protests have recently been held in Britain, Canada, Chile, Taiwan and elsewhere.

California is also a battleground. The Los Angeles Times reports on another chapter in the campaign to destroy what had been the greatest public higher education system in the world: “California State University officials announced plans to freeze enrollment next spring at most campuses and to wait-list all applicants the following fall pending the outcome of a proposed tax initiative on the November ballot.”

Similar defunding is under way nationwide. “In most states,” The New York Times reports, “it is now tuition payments, not state appropriations, that cover most of the budget,” so that “the era of affordable four-year public universities, heavily subsidized by the state, may be over.”

Community colleges increasingly face similar prospects–and the shortfalls extend to grades K-12.

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Comment by Sam Boes
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 I find it incredible that you are willing to spread this man's warped sense of reality. Chomsky obviously thinks that "real academics" can do no wrong, and that anything that involves the market - free choice, value for value, people who can think AND take responsibility for their own actions - is evil. He can look at the evils of government-run, tax-funded education over decades and STILL call for it to be continued! Is that nuts, or what?

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