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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The criticism starts with Dewey’s ideas about education, and moves through Johnson’s Great Society, international development, drawing heavily on Illich’s personal experiences in Mexico, the Vietnam War, and the industrial design of the transistor radio.

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Deschooling Society Quotes by Ivan Illich

This is much more than simply a racket to produce more textbooks and exam syllabuses; this is a commercial activity mirroring the marketing processes of the persuasion industry.

Primitive man was in awe of the forces of nature which he felt as having an awful necessity of their own. The neutrality of this article is disputed. 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 of demand.

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

This book made me acutely uncomfortable, thoughtful, sad, and angry–all in helpful ways. Preview — Deschooling Society by Ivan Illich. This critique applies equally to both the so-called developed and the developing nations but in different ways. View all 6 comments. School is an even more outrageous one. In persuading the poor that this hope lies in consuming the products of educational technocrats this false promise robs them of their self-respect.


Deschooling Society Quotes

In Illich’s time Nixon formed a committee descooling on education costs which he attacked stating “The President’s Committee for the study of school finance should ask not how to support or trim such increasing costs, but how they can be avoided”. I have often had this inner conflict in me. As examples of convivial institutions he gives; the subway and public markets.

And remain that way.

Deschooling Society

Illich argued that the use of technology to create decentralized webs could support the goal of creating a good educational system:. He notes that rigorous drill instruction can be a very effective way of socisty a new skill; such as leaning how to speak a new language.

Deschooling Society is a collection of essays based around the author’s idea that society might be better off without the formal schooling system that is prevalent in most industrialised countries. In the s when education became compulsory in Britain working class schools which were self-funded iolich parents died off. 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.

What follows is a brief summary of the argument of the book. Deschooking by Ivan Illich.

Aug 30, Anna rated it really liked it Shelves: He writes in a dense academic style, or at least a style that I am not used to. I don’t like what state schools in Russia represent nowadays. 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 sockety willing to put on the market.


The nation-state has adopted it, drafting all citizens into a graded curriculum leading to sequential diplomas not unlike the initiation rituals and hieratic promotions of former times. 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.

And ilkich university system, while a significant improvement for me as a self-directed learner, was still plagued by many of the same institutional problems. It would be interesting to see more of how Illich envisages technology being used by convivial institutions.

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 xeschooling itself. Ivan Illich was one sociwty the most visionary political and social thinkers of the twentieth century. Feb 29, Andrew rated it really liked it Shelves: Students engaged and actually acquired practical skills through practice — which is the aociety people learn.

The theme that demand is manufactured and that school is the first agency in this is recurrent throughout the book. I am in total agreement with many of [his] wider arguments.