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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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 the harm that all science can do. Ilich urges a redeployment of technology in support of convivial institutions and away from the large corporations which he sees as manipulative in their manufacture socifty demand.

Nor should the public be forced to support, through a regressive taxation, a huge professional apparatus of educators and buildings which in fact restricts the public’s chances for learning to the services the profession is willing to put on the market.

The modern state has assumed the duty of enforcing the deschoooling of its educators through well-meant truant officers and job requirements.

Written in early ‘s, he was calling for the use of extended networks linking students to teachers. He especially lost me when he began going on about mythology. The absurdities of what Illich would call credentialed deeschooling 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. In truth with no experience and no industry competence training he would at best have been able to get an internship in publishing.

The book offers an excellent critique of modern educational practices and the folly of assuming that injecting greater resources into the educational system will lead to more learning, knowledge or education for that matter. Didn’t think I’d find myself in such agreement with Illich.

Undoubtedly his book remains relevant and interesting nearly fifty years after he wrote it. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. To it belong people of all classes, incomes, faiths, and civilizations. This is a paradigm shift.

Deschooling Society Quotes

Libraries, the telephone, bicycles can be used freely whereas a high-speed transportation system “compels our allegiance by adjusting time and space to ivaan own dimensions. Psychotherapy which sometimes illkch a point of not using drugs also offers a repetitive treatment which breeds dependency.


This minority begins to formulate its suspicion that our constant deceptions tie us to contemporary institutions as the chains bound Prometheus to his rock. But Illich, even in his strident utopianism, wasn’t wrong.

He points to the fact that childhood is a relatively recent construct in the West.

More schooling leads to rising expectations but schooling will not lift the poor out of poverty; rather it will deprive them of their self-respect. Ivan Illich was one of the most visionary political and social thinkers of the twentieth century. Illich’s overall solution is more complex than this and it unfortunately does raise many questions of sustainability and effectiveness, but Soviety assume it can just be used as a template of a future society.

Ivan Illich has a grudge against institutions. And this monopoly of schools over the very definition of education, Illich argued, not only inhibits alternatives but also leads to lifelong dependence on other service monopolies. He proposes that resources already available in society be made available for learning.

He writes in a dense academic style, or at least a style that I am not used to.

5 Radical Quotes from Ivan Illich’s ‘Deschooling Society’ — Rise Up for Students

Rise Up For Students. It is a critique of the formal, mandatory education system originally published in Certainly there is an implicit call for a return to innocence in this work. He also analyses the multiple and total roles of the teacher in this enclosed institution. Deschooling Society is his most radical and profound book. Illich’s main point is that people learn best when they can learn things in self-directed ways and learn them in the context of the world. Every student of pedagogy knows who Paolo Freire was because he actually put his ideas into practice.

Books by Ivan Illich. It is transparently obvious that more and more education which necessarily creates a pyramid structure does not solve social ills.

Illich, who worked in South America, is sensitive to how indigenous peasant culture characterised by self-sufficiency is undermined by modern processes based around the consumption of services, which train people to be clients. Illich was against the so-called development of underdeveloped countries arguing it was a “war on subsistence”.

Would like to have liv https: It becomes the dream of the poor that education will lift them out of poverty; but it is a dream. We would question whether the necessary reforms will ever come from government; even in a democracy government represents an accumulation of power. In this chapter Illich proposes a model for evaluating institutions.


This is especially the case with institutions which conscript according to age group, class, or sex, and which are very time-consuming. By creating t Illich’s central argument is that institutionalizing social problems results in a subterfuge whereby people stop thinking about the social problem and instead ask why the institution is failing.

He points to the fact that however much money is poured into public schooling it always requires more and the outputs do not increase. Preview — Deschooling Society by Ivan Illich. Most of Illich’s criticisms are directed at the liberal consensus, and he’s not afraid of citing Milton Friedman’s voucherization of school systems as a positive example, but mostly it’s the idea of any sort of formal, obligatory, schooling that is the enemy.

In terms of his wider critique of capitalism, I liked this deconstruction of the ideology of progress: Chapter 1 Why we must disestablish school As already mentioned Illich sees schools as one case of modern institutions which persuade people to exchange their real lives for packaged substitutes.

Giving examples of the ineffectual nature of institutionalized education, Illich posited self-directed education, supported by intentional social relations, in fluid informal arrangements: The yearly expenditure per pupil in the slums and in the rich suburbs of any one of twenty U. Once these become blurred, a new logic is assumed: Illich argued that the use of technology to create decentralized webs could support the goal of creating a good educational system:. It is amazing that such a simple utility has never been used on a broad scale for publicly valued activity.

This seems too true in the United States where the costs of education particularly higher education have shot up since the 70s and yet the United Deschooljng is drastically lagging behind the world deschloling reading, mathematics and science skills.

On the left end are what he deems “convivial” institutions. It’s more like a flushed feeling in my cheeks and the back of my neck, the kind when I realize I’m being lied to and toyed with. My library Help Advanced Book Search.