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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In contrast to the old liberal professions like law and medicine, new professions have sprung up that have become protection rackets, licensed monopolies licensed to serve clients with services they insist must illicn recognized.

Want to Read saving…. Everywhere this same curriculum instills in the pupil the myth that increased production will provide a better life. Educational Reform and the Contradictions Illich sees in modern schools a false myth of salvation. Jun 24, Ddschooling Lensi rated it it was amazing. 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 Seventy years of utter failure is a blistering reality for Seattle’s schools.

In the Mirror of the Past is a collection of occasional essays and talks ilich the s, linking his concerns with economics, education, history, and the new ideological meaning of life. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Does anyone believe that in today’s world, the abolition of shcools would not result in immediate increases in business activity which would take on many of the schools’previous functions?

Deschooling Society Quotes by Ivan Illich

Illich also identified, and this is a theme throughout the book, how the packages delivered by teachers in schools are designed by technocrats. Schools condition people to be consumers of packages produced by other people and to accept ideas of endless progress. Slciety universities have become recruiting centers for the personnel of the consumer society, certifying citizens for service, while at the same time disposing of those judged unfit for the competitive rat race.


Indeed, the totemic power of exam results has only increased with the marketization of education, both school and higher. This book is ollich lens that will help you re-evaluate the school system, by urging you to slciety what you’ve been “taught”, and explore what you want to “learn”.

In this new relationship he seems a model for a new synthesis which allows technology but which also does so in a balanced way which also allows human beings relating with each other and the earth.

The user would identify himself by name and address and describe the activity for which he sought a peer. Illich does not adopt an anti-scientific or anti-technologist viewpoint, though he treads close to sounding anti-scientific at times.

Learners should not be forced to submit to an obligatory curriculum, or to discrimination based on whether they possess a certificate or a diploma. Apr 01, Lane Pybas rated it really liked it.

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

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. This site uses cookies. There is a possible danger that his conclusions with their emphasis on the ecological devastation caused by our commitment to ever increasing production could lead to him being seen as anti-scientific.

It feels like he is talking about something similar to facebook as a way of bringing people with similar interests together to build learning atmospheres. Account Options Sign in. Everywhere not only education but society as a whole needs “deschooling. These are open arenas for user-driven action — for instance, a public library, the telephone network, and a park would all be towards the left end of the s Ivan Illich has a grudge against institutions.

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. For example; a medical science in the West often treats mental problems by repeat prescriptions of drugs which inhibit other approaches e.


In his philosophy and experience, public and compulsory education, and the widely accepted means of documenting acquired knowledge via certification and diploma, broadens the gap between the opportunities for the rich and the poor, and drains Western society coffers with ever-worsening scores and economic opportunities.

Lists with This Book. The current search for new educational funnels must be reversed into the search for their institutional inverse: The teacher has three roles; custodian, therapist and preacher.

The present writer would add that this is a very effective learning mechanism; the present writer has found, while working as an IT teacher, that lessons built around taking apart and fixing old computer equipment changed up several gears in terms of engagement of the students.

In the early 70’s he wrote book: It further renders unreliable any teacher without credentials behind his name.

In particular, that school both trains children to be consumers and reproduces inequalities by qualification gatekeeping. Return to Book Page.

Review of Ivan Illich’s seminal Deschooling Society

He wrote this in the 70’s, but it is even more relevant now. A computer would send him back the names and addresses of all those who had inserted the same description. The majority will pay for schooling through tax soxiety only an elite will truly benefit; schooling paid for by tax is regressive. Such insight would stop progress.

Didn’t think I’d find myself in such agreement with Illich. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.