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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By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Do charter school opponents really think our public school system is distributing resources equitably? For both groups the reliance on institutional treatment renders independent accomplishment suspect.

Deschooling Society Quotes

Tools is the most general statement of Illich’s principles; the other three expand on examples sketched in Today in order to critique what he calls “radical monopolies” in the technologies of education, energy consumption, and medical treatment.

Illich merely argues for bringing it back into the hands of the people. There’s a direct line between military discipline and educational illivh, and for Illich both are wasteful, anti-human, and evil.

The Alphabetization of the Popular Mind carries Illich’s project forward into the area of literacy, as does his most recent book, In the Vineyard of the Text Return to Book Page. Thus are children trained in consumerism.

An example perhaps would be modern cars with their sealed engines designed to be repaired by shops with access to diagnostic tools supplied by the manufacturer contrasted to simple cars with standard parts.


Deschooling Society Quotes by Ivan Illich

Illich cites monetarist champion Milton Friedman as inspiration for this model, and that’s where we reach our fundamental disagreement; I don’t think such a system would actually work if the ultimate goal is to ensure equitable, quality education for everyone recall the criticism W.

Lifelong learning means certificates for doing ordinary things; it is an extension of the curriculum into ordinary life rather than a recognition that real, critical or skills learning takes place throughout life in unstructured ways never approved by officials. Most teachers of arts and trades are less skillful, less inventive, and less communicative than the best craftsmen and tradesmen.

School is robbing deschoolling of our humanity more and more everyday. It becomes the dream of the poor that education will lift them out of poverty; but it is a dream. He suggests that government will need to legislate to ensure that employment practices cease to favour those with officially approved certificates ullich test solely on actual socirty regardless of how it was gained.

He states “We need research on the possible use of technology to create institutions which serve personal, creative and autonomous interaction and emergence of values which cannot be substantially controlled by technocrats”.

View all 4 comments. Under this system, people can abdicate themselves of responsibility for their own growth, relying on teachers to impart them with knowledge. Where have all the Intellectuals Gone? You might not swallow Deschooling wholesale, but Illich shines the light on so many of the unspoken I know I’m mixing metaphors here axioms of the educational systemalways a healthy endeavorand challenges us to either defend or discard.


The current search for new educational funnels must be reversed into the search for their institutional inverse: As someone who has spent a huge portion like one over one of their life in school and now teaches at a unive Illich questions the basic assumption that most liberal or for that matter non-liberal people in the US have: From inside the book.

It has never occurred to me to question the basis of schooling.

Review of Ivan Illich’s seminal Deschooling Society – The New Observer

Books by Ivan Illich. This strikes me as a fascinating question worthy of much more in-depth answers than I can provide.

Most people learn best by being “with it,” yet school makes them identify their personal, cognitive growth with elaborate planning and manipulation.

It also advocates a generalization of skills making pupils more able to acquire different skills and as such potentially offering a practical alternative to the concept of division of labor and specialization. Full of detail on programs and concerns, the book gives examples of the ineffectual nature of institutionalized education.

They also produce the demand for multilane highways, bridges, and oilfields. Return to Book Page. I want to raise the general question of the mutual definition of man’s nature and the nature of modern institutions which characterizes our world view and language.

The distributor-teacher delivers the packages designed by technocrats to the consumer-pupils. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.