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.”.

Author: Vudoshura Vudot
Country: Lithuania
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Education
Published (Last): 27 May 2015
Pages: 434
PDF File Size: 17.10 Mb
ePub File Size: 1.50 Mb
ISBN: 111-7-91264-650-5
Downloads: 24863
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: JoJojar

Review of Ivan Illich’s seminal Deschooling Society

Illich does not adopt an anti-scientific or anti-technologist viewpoint, though he treads close to sounding anti-scientific at times. They school them to confuse process and substance. Everywhere not only education but society as a whole needs “deschooling. It is chasing the myth of unlimited progress. Apr 01, Lane Pybas rated it really liked it.

Even the minimum packages which modern taste requires are now expensive. The absurdities of what Illich would call credentialed education were recently highlighted by a story in the press about a Youth Programme in Bury giving youngsters a certificate from the awarding body AQQ for catching a bus.

He went to Mexico where he founded the Center for Intercultural Documentation. The legislation he calls for would permit the kinds of free association which he seeks; such as voucher schemes which enable people to select their own education or legislation to outlaw discrimination in favour of educational credentials. Dec 28, David rated it really liked it Recommended to David by: Social constructs also exist in a contex.

The current search for new educational funnels must be reversed into the search for their institutional inverse: It came to mean a process rather than the plain knowledge of the facts and the ability to use tools which shape a man’s concrete life. I don’t like what state schools in Russia represent nowadays.

Rise Up for Students. In this chapter Illich criticises some of the ideologies of schooling which he sees in apparently radical initiatives such as the free-school movement of which Summerhill is the best known example in the UK and the lifelong learning movement. Schooled as a priest he became anathema to both the left and the right of the Catholic Church. For example; a medical science in the West often treats mental problems by repeat prescriptions of drugs which inhibit other approaches e.


Amongst my friendship group are a number of people who earn very good wages as coders — and, as far as I know, every one of them is self-taught. No trivia or quizzes yet.

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

In the Mirror of the Past is a collection of occasional essays ovan talks from the s, linking his concerns with economics, education, history, and the new ideological meaning of life.

If students are included with staff then schools are the biggest employer in developed nations. On the right-wing, we have “manipulative” deschoolihg, which, through their existence, either create a demand for a harmful product, as with the highways and automobiles, or otherwise force men into doing something, as with schools and the military.

It would be interesting to see more of how Illich envisages technology being used by convivial institutions. As someone with a healthy disdain for modern education it opens the door to a multitude of alternative ways of thinking about truly free and open education.

He socieety such paternalistic notions as the ritualization of progress and externally-directed education. Schooling in Capitalist America: An desdhooling perhaps would sciety 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.

Seventy years of utter failure is a blistering reality for Seattle’s schools. 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 set free to learning through doing. Why We Must Disestablish School Many students, especially those who are poor, intuitively know what the schools do for them.

This is not freedom. Osciety was also critical of the power sociiety dominant professions. Would like to have liv https: The role of schools is to produce ignorance rather than insight, to create credentials and envy of credentials rather than mastery, to suck up surplus labor and intellect in the Promethean furnace of a culture consuming itself.

Medical treatment is mistaken for health care, social work for the improvement of community life, police protection for safety, military poise for national security, the rat race for productive work. Illich’s counter-proposal, in short, is open-learning based on peer-to-peer networking remarkably predicting of a world where people are linked via computers years and years before personal pcs and the internet come about and the disestablishment of degrees and certification as qualifications.


Schools teach the need to be taught. Illich contrasts the model of passive consumption here and the kind of society it is a training for with one where repair and reuse of tools and equipment by self-sufficient individuals would be the norm.

Some tools do not dictate how they must be used. And remain that way. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

desfhooling Moreover, such new institutions should be channels to which the learner would have access without credentials or pedigree – public spaces in which peers and elders outside his immediate horizon would become available.

For example on lifelong learning Illich writes: It is precisely this obsession with profit or economic growth for its own sake and efficiency which ian to the kind of school system which Illich urges us to abandon.

If such never existed they certainly could.

Deschooling Society

The expectations are higher and the one track for everyone, has just gotten worse. Illich merely argues for bringing it back into the hands of the people. In schools, including universities, most resources are spent to purchase the time and motivation of a limited number of people to take up predetermined problems in a ritually defined setting.

Illich is interested in learning as a human activity carried out for obvious purposes — to gain the benefits that learning the new skill brings for example — not as an excuse for control and manipulation. One way he saw this was through the “diminishing number of nurses in the United States owing to the rapid increase of four year B. Indeed, such tests seem pretty common — but only if the candidates have also passed the exam results hurdle. The internet has undoubtedly made it much easier to learn practical and hobby-type skills ivqn playing instruments, knitting, and cookery techniques.

Bet it was already in a settled region. But the myth developed and the daughter of Epimetheus and Pandora made a new earth with the son of Prometheus. In this chapter Illich attempts a phenomenology of what school is.