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Sunday, December 2, 2012

That's why I love you - Reason #1

Those of you who have been through college know that the educational system is very highly geared to rewarding conformity and obedience; if you don’t do that, you are a troublemaker. So, it is kind of a filtering device which ends up with people who really honestly (they aren’t lying) internalize the framework of belief and attitudes of the surrounding power system in the society. The elite institutions like, say, Harvard and Princeton and the small upscale colleges, for example, are very much geared to socialization. If you go through a place like Harvard, most of what goes on there is teaching manners; how to behave like a member of the upper classes, how to think the right thoughts, and so on.

- Noam Chomsky

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Cindy Yip said...

I suppose if it works, it works. As the above quote highlights though, there is a 'stamp' of approval (?) on most graduates of these internationally highly regarded places: they don't need a school tie to prove who they are, where they've been and what they've survived. Many people don't have family values, as such, and therefore take on the values of the schools and colleges that they attend. No bad thing, surely?

April Kam said...

I guess it's a matter of awareness. Neither good nor bad, one has to realise that the system exists.