Bill Ayers: Overcoming the Failings of Capitalist Education, Creating Something Truly New and Deeply Humane

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The following is a speech from Bill Ayers, to the World Education Forum in Caracas, Venezuela, when Barack Hussein Obama, whose political career he helped launch, was 44 years old:

“…Education is never neutral. It always has a value, a position, a politics. Education either reinforces or challenges the existing social order, and school is always a contested space—what should be taught? In what way? Toward what end? By and for whom? At bottom, it involves a struggle over the essential questions: what does it mean to be a human being living in a human society?

“Totalitarianism demands obedience and conformity, hierarchy, command and control. Royalty requires allegiance. Capitalism promotes racism and materialism—turning people into consumers, not citizens. Participatory democracy, by contrast, requires free people coming together, voluntarily as equals who are capable of both self-realization and, at the same time, full participation in a shared political and economic life.”

There’s lot’s more. Read the rest, here.

(Hat-tip Rosemary and the NRO)

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