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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His greatest prophecy for today is the school’s growing inefficiency to make students learn despite growing costs. The former are [were once] true public utilities, whereas the latter is a public service for the owners of cars, trucks, and buses. Deschooling Society Ivan Illich Snippet view – This is not a concern for human relating but a concern for illixh to get the most social conformity and economic productivity out of people.

There’s a direct line between military discipline and educational discipline, and for Illich both are wasteful, anti-human, and evil. Illich’s most direct criticism is at the idea that formal education solves problems.

The operation of a peer-matching network would be simple. In these essays, I will show that the institutionalization of values leads inevitably to physical pollution, social polarization, and psychological impotence: Account Options Sign in. Illich makes a radical critique of education, capitalism, statism, and almost everything that is both extremely focused and also directs slashes at nearly every underpinning assumption of society. 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.

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.

The most radical alternative to school would be a network or service which gave each man the same opportunity to share his current concern with others motivated by the same concern.


Please do not remove this message until conditions to do so are met. What made me sad and angry is that Illich’s critique of the public school system in the United States still rings true today, after a generation in which there could have desdhooling positive change. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Is it the case that we are more able to use the internet for self-directed learning thanks to our university training?

Elected politicians seem to find more in dsschooling with societyy existing economic and cultural elites who believe in progress and institutional control than with the people. The majority will pay for schooling through tax but only an elite deschoolinh truly benefit; schooling paid for by tax is regressive. Jul 21, Cynthia L’Hirondelle rated it it was amazing. Thus are children trained in consumerism. A great book that should be read by everyone who sees problems in our current education system s and is actively looking for answers.

The recent use of surveillance technology in schools in the UK is a case in point.

Deschooling Society – Ivan Illich – Google Books

The current search for new educational funnels must be reversed into the search for their institutional inverse: Schooling in Capitalist America: Combine that with an awareness of what our public school system was designed to doand a now an increasingly bitter mistrust of American society and its government, and I’ve searched deep and socoety for answers that I can’t find within the system. A thought provoking critique of compulsory education.

He proposes new institutions of a convivial nature to replace the manipulative ones of the current schooling system. And I now homeschool my two boys, because I didn’t have the stomach to put them through it. With this it might seem that Illich is anti-technology, but this is not so. It is clear that his vision of the world includes a decentralised use of technology in convivial rather than manipulative institutions.

The role of schools is to produce ignorance Illich makes a radical critique of soxiety, capitalism, statism, and almost everything that is both extremely focused and also directs slashes at nearly every underpinning assumption of society. I was given total freedom to shape my project and choose the methods and data I used, with very little input from my supervisor or indeed anyone else.


It further renders unreliable any teacher without credentials behind his name. It is a call for a profound revolution in how we think and how we live our lives.

Views Read Edit View history. Ivan Illich, who died inwrote this ground-breaking book in As an example we would adduce that it is no accident that having invaded Afghanistan one of the primary concerns of the West now is to build schools; ivah are training up an elite to be consumers and purveyors of the treatment model of human services. Illich’s ideas about computer-assisted, voluntary, anonymous study groups might have been a good idea if he, instead of talking about the elimination of schools, had begun a useful institution to rival it.

The free school movement is simply focusing on the free association element in this. Return to Book Page.

Deschooling Society Quotes

Only by segregating human ivwn in the category of childhood could we ever get them to submit to the authority of a schoolteacher. Would like to have liv https: In a theme which is recurrent throughout the book Illich asserts that pedagogical alienation in society is worse than the alienation of labour as analysed by Marx.

Jun 30, Stefan rated it it was amazing.

Illich was against the so-called development of underdeveloped countries arguing it was a “war on subsistence”. In particular, that school both trains children to be consumers and reproduces inequalities by qualification gatekeeping. He came to the conclusion that compulsory education in Puerto Rico constituted “structured injustice. We cannot, and need not, force children to learn against their will, and we cannot enforce brains to absorb the facts and ideas that state-sanctioned curriculum writers arbitrarily deem necessary sociefy every citizen.

Ivan is basically saying school is like a training ground for the perpetuation of a society to be the way it currently is.