Chomsky argues that schools are a system of indoctrination of the young:
Even the fact that the system has a lot of stupidity in it, I think has a function. You know, it means that people are filtered out for obedience. If you can guarantee lots of stupidity in the educational system, you know like stupid assignments and things like that, you know that the only people who’ll make it through are like me, and like most of you I guess, who are willing to do it no matter how stupid it is, because we want to go to the next step. So you may know that this assignment is idiotic and the guy up there couldn’t think his way out of a paper bag, but you’ll do it anyway because that’s the way you get to the next class and you want to ‘make it’ and so on and so forth.
Well there are people who don’t do that, you know. There are people who say ‘I’m not gonna do it, it’s too ridiculous’. Those people are called behavioural problems.
Thanks for the link Bianca – I love getting angry with Noam.