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Ivan Illich was one of the most visionary political and social thinkers of the twentieth century.
Deschooling Society is his most radical and profound book. The book that brought Ivan Illich to public attention was Deschooling Societya critical discourse on education as practised in “modern” economies.
Full of detail on contemporary programs and concerns, the book remains as radical today as it was when first published. Giving examples of the ineffectual nature of institutionalized education, Illich deschoolling self-directed education, supported by intentional social relations, in fluid informal arrangements: Universal education through schooling is not feasible.
It uvan be no more feasible if it were attempted by means of alternative institutions built on the style of present schools. Neither new attitudes of teachers toward their pupils nor the proliferation of educational hardware or software in classroom or bedroomnor finally the attempt to expand the pedagogue’s responsibility until it engulfs his pupils’ sociehy will deliver universal education. The current search for new educational funnels must be reversed into the search for their institutional inverse: We hope to contribute concepts needed by those who conduct such counterfoil research on education–and also to those who seek alternatives to other established service industries.
The book is more than a critique—it contains suggestions for a reinvention of learning throughout society and lifetime. Particularly striking is his call in for the use of advanced iivan to support “learning webs. The user would identify himself by name and address and describe the activity for which he sought a peer.
A computer would send him back the names and addresses of all those who had inserted the same description. It is amazing that such a simple utility has never been used on a broad scale for publicly valued activity. As he later asserted in After Deschooling, What? He actually opposed advocates of free-market education as “the most dangerous category of educational reformers.
Many students, especially those who are poor, intuitively know what the schools do for them. They school them to confuse process and substance. Once these become blurred, a new logic is assumed: The pupil is thereby “schooled” to confuse teaching with learning, grade advancement with education, edschooling diploma with competence, and fluency with the ability to say something new. His imagination is “schooled” to accept service in place of value.
Medical treatment is mistaken for health care, social work for the improvement of i,ich life, police protection for safety, military poise for national security, the rat race for productive work. Health, learning, dignity, independence, and creative endeavour are defined as little more than the performance of the institutions which claim to serve these ends, and their improvement is made to depend on allocating more resources to the management of hospitals, schools, and other agencies in question.
Ivan Illich Deschooling Society The Libertarian Forum, “Illich’s advocacy of the free market in education is the bone in the throat that is choking the public educators.
I am in total agreement with many of [his] wider arguments. Health, learning, dignity, independence, and creative endeavor are defined as little more than the performance seschooling the institutions which claim to serve these ends, and their improvement is made ivna depend on allocating more resources to the management of hospitals, schools, and other agencies in question.
In these essays, I will show that the institutionalization of values leads inevitably to physical pollution, social polarization, and psychological impotence: I will explain how this process of degradation is accelerated when nonmaterial needs are transformed into demands for commodities; when health, education, personal mobility, welfare, or psychological healing are defined as the result of services or “treatments.
We need research on the possible use of technology to create institutions which serve personal, creative, and autonomous interaction and the emergence ceschooling values which cannot be substantially controlled by technocrats.
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We need counterfoil research to current futurology. 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. To do so, I have chosen the school as my paradigm, and I therefore deal only indirectly with other bureaucratic agencies of the corporate state: My analysis of the hidden curriculum of school should make it evident that public education would profit from the deschooling of society, just as family life, politics, security, faith, and communication would profit from an analogous process.
I begin my analysis, in this first essay, by trying to convey what the deschooling of a schooled society might mean. In this context, it should be easier to understand my choice of the five specific aspects relevant to this process with which I deal in the subsequent chapters. Not only education but social reality itself has become schooled.
It costs roughly the same to school both rich and poor in the same dependency. The yearly expenditure per pupil in the slums and in the rich suburbs of any one of twenty U. Rich and poor alike depend on schools and hospitals which guide their lives, form their world view, and define for them what is legitimate and what is not. Both view doctoring oneself as irresponsible, learning on one’s own as unreliable, and community organization, when not paid for by those in authority, as a form of aggression or subversion.
For both groups the reliance on institutional treatment renders independent accomplishment suspect. The progressive underdevelopment of self- and community-reliance is even more typical in Westchester than it is in the northeast of Brazil. Everywhere not only education but society as a whole needs “deschooling.
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Everywhere the hidden curriculum of schooling initiates the citizen to the myth that bureaucracies guided by scientific knowledge are efficient and benevolent. Everywhere this same curriculum instills in the pupil the myth that increased production will provide a better life.
And everywhere it develops the habit of self-defeating consumption of services and alienating production, the tolerance for institutional dependence, and the recognition of institutional rankings. The hidden curriculum of school does all this in spite of contrary efforts undertaken by teachers and no matter what ideology prevails. Deschooling Society by Ivan Illich Marion Boyars Publishers,Paperback Ivan Illich was one of the most visionary political and social thinkers of the twentieth century.
Why We Must Disestablish School Many students, especially those who are poor, intuitively know what the schools do for them.