Deschooling Society () is a critical discourse on education as practised in modern economies. It is a book that brought Ivan Illich to public attention. Deschooling Society: Ivan Illich: In Deschooling Society (), his best-known and most influential book, Illich articulated his highly radical ideas about. School is the advertising agency which makes you believe that you need the society as it is.”.

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But this institutional wisdom is itself the product of schools because sound common sense tells us that only children can be taught in school.

This resistance is due not to the authoritarian style of a public school or the seductive style of some deschoolnig schools, but to the fundamental approach common to all schools-the idea that one person’s judgment should determine what and when another person must learn.

The operation of a peer-matching network would be simple. He would’ve done well to have included more examples that relate the ideas to the real world.

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Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Chapter 7 Rebirth of Epimethean Man Illich contrasts a world which pre-dated classical Greece, a world of hope, with the world of classical Greece wherein man learned to build and fit into institutions which delivered predictable results, a world of managed expectations.

The conflicts turn on difference of religion iivan ideology and the one thing we’ learned very clearly, is that people of one race are fully capable of murderously exploiting people of the same race. He sees them as institutions which by requiring full-time compulsory attendance in ritualised programmes based around awarding credentials to those who can consume socifty packages and endure it for the longest.

He points out that free-schools still ultimately support the idea of schooling as the not a, the way of inducing children into society. Illich thinks deschooling central to the adjustment to bring society to a more humane level.

Social constructs are rarely transformed in short order, by just calling them bullshit. Our faith in institutions is such that we think that there is no problem which cannot be solved by an institution. The pupil is thereby “schooled” to confuse teaching with learning, grade advancement with education, a diploma with competence, and fluency with the ability to say something new.


This is typically true very nearly as much of progressive schools as it of more traditional schools.

Review of Ivan Illich’s seminal Deschooling Society

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Given the creeping privatisation of public institutions like schools, I find it easier to imagine a future in which online Google School courses were just as mandatory and specific as the current curriculum, rather than kids being illicy free to learning through doing. There is a possible danger that his conclusions deschooliny their emphasis on the ecological devastation caused by our commitment to ever increasing production could lead to him being seen as anti-scientific.

We hope to contribute concepts needed by those who conduct such counterfoil research on education–and also to those who seek alternatives to other established service industries. Don’t mistake this for Marxism though; Illich calls out the Soviet system as another gear in the world-spanning educational system. May 18, Sunny rated it it was amazing Shelves: Deschooling Society Ivan Illich Snippet view – This is a I don’t know how to rate this.

For both groups the reliance on institutional treatment renders independent accomplishment suspect. It is a book that brought Ivan Illich to public attention. The answer is obvious. Both view doctoring oneself as irresponsible, learning on one’s own as unreliable, and community organization, when not paid for by those in authority, as a form of aggression or subversion. Basically, what he’s saying is that when you attempt to organize education from a top-down bureaucracy, lead by authoritarian teachers, organized into standardized cirricula, sanctified by abstract diplomas and certification and strictly confined by age In other places he also promotes the idea of learning vouchers given by the state to people to spend on any kind of education they see fit.

It is transparently obvious that more and more education which necessarily creates a pyramid structure does not solve social ills. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Iliich is not an anarcho-primitivist.

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It is a fine balance between acknowledging that it is time to end the dream of scientific progress leading to the fulfilment of human demands — because this has got out of hand and has long since moved in the worlds of manufactured demand — and sounding like an emotional champion of societj harm that all science can do.


If the problem is the scope of people’s hope, imagination and work, then his solution is to take away the institutions, starting with schools. Ivan Illich has a grudge against institutions. And the university system, while a signif This book made me acutely uncomfortable, thoughtful, sad, and angry–all in helpful ways.

Illich’s most direct criticism is at the idea that formal education solves problems. Large universities make the futile attempt to match them by multiplying their courses, and they generally fail since they are bound to curriculum, course structure, and bureaucratic administration. The book that brought Ivan Illich to public attention was Deschooling Societya critical discourse on education as practised in “modern” economies. I think this is obvious from the title. What made me sad and angry is osciety Illich’s critique of the public school system in the United States still rings true today, after a socity in which there could have been positive change.

That’s the first soceity to realize when reading this book — it’s not primarily about school; school is just the best model of a “manipulative” institution that Illichh can find.

My analysis of the hidden curriculum of school should make it evident that public education would profit from the deschooling of society, just as family life, politics, security, faith, and communication would profit from an analogous process.

Dec 28, David rated it really liked it Recommended to David by: In addition, the money could have sufficed to provide an almost unlimited library of prerecorded tapes, with outlets descgooling in remote villages, as well as an ample supply of empty tapes.