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.”.

Author: Gubei Zulkizshura
Country: Romania
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Life
Published (Last): 27 March 2006
Pages: 55
PDF File Size: 9.59 Mb
ePub File Size: 2.22 Mb
ISBN: 706-4-68007-230-6
Downloads: 60045
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Galrajas

Review of Ivan Illich’s seminal Deschooling Society

Nov 03, Andrew Neuendorf rated it it was amazing. They have become wary of the myths of the majority: The user would identify himself by name and address and describe the activity for which he sought a peer.

This is not a concern for human relating but a concern for how to get the most social conformity and economic productivity out of people. Since the late s, he has divided his time among Mexico, the United States, and Germany. 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.

I agree with Illich that practical tests of typing, for example are more useful to vet candidates suitability for a job than exam results. Indeed, such tests seem pretty common — but only if the candidates have also passed the exam results hurdle.

Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Modern man thinks that man needs institutions to survive.

Education became an intangible commodity that had to be produced for the benefit of all, and imparted to them in the manner in which the visible Church formerly imparted invisible grace. Learning, he argues, should be self-motivated and driven by genuine internal ssociety for knowledge.

Jul 04, Azat Sultanov added it. Not to go where one can go would be subversive. Please do not remove this message until conditions to do so are met. To ask other readers questions about Deschooling Societyplease sign up.

Deschooling Society

Only by segregating human beings in the category of childhood could we ever get them to submit to the authority of a schoolteacher. First they are productive, then they become counter-productive and they become ends rather than means. A good educational system should have three purposes: You might not swallow Deschooling wholesale, but Illich shines the light on so many of the unspoken I know I’m mixing metaphors here axioms of the educational systemalways a soiety endeavorand challenges us to either defend or discard.


He provides scholarly perspective on compulsory institutional schooling. This is typically true very nearly as much of progressive schools as it of more traditional schools. There are pitfalls and shortcomings, I felt at times that some of socieyt arguments and visions for the future educational environment resemble a right wing libertarian approach dedchooling Milton Friedman and advocating teachers auction off their skills?

This is all as I understand it, anyway — Descholoing must admit that a lot of Illich’s points went over my head. It is rather the result of unhampered participation in a meaningful setting.

Since the initial publication of “Deschooling Society” in there has been little change to the structure of public school and ivah institutions, at least in the United States. If there’s crime, what’s wrong with the criminal justice system; if there’s illness, what’s wrong with the hospitals; if people are mistreated, what’s wrong with the government, etc.

As he later asserted in After Deschooling, What? The internet has undoubtedly made it much easier to learn practical and hobby-type skills like playing instruments, knitting, and cookery techniques. This is a deeply thought-out work. Both are ultimately concerned with children taking their place in the National Economy. They have become specialized tools for professional educators On the other hand, parallel to and hidden by mainstream education are powerful counter-trends.

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. His greatest descyooling for deeschooling is the school’s growing inefficiency to make students learn despite growing costs.

Deschooling Society by Ivan Illich

If the problem is the scope of people’s hope, imagination and work, then his solution is to take away the institutions, starting with schools. All of these measures could indeed only be possible once people. 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.

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.


Illich notes the irony that schools are allegedly a preparation for participation in a democracy but are run in ways which apply rules and sanctions to children which would not be acceptable to adults. And blacks out of that dispossession had to create out of nothing an deschooilng, plunged into this society yet kept viciously apart from it and the very rigidity of segregation actually gave some firm moral footholds because at least you knew what you were up against and black survival tools from black religion to jazz.

I realize he was writing during a time when many people believed capitalism would be overthrown, socifty i give him some leeway on this, but his solutions are incredibly myopic.

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

The army is one example. If students are included with staff then schools are the biggest employer in developed nations. But this institutional wisdom is itself ivah product of schools because sound common sense tells us that only children can be taught in school.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. He also critiques economics in how the state is restricting entry into certain professions in order to protect the individuals in the profession thereby creating a shortage and breeding inefficiency. Descnooling is perhaps though a sense of grace and transcendence which he takes from his religious background; a quality of life that the priest working amongst the poor in South America might come to value. 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 Dschooling is drastically lagging behind the world in reading, mathematics and science skills.

In Puerto Rico, at the time Illich began studying the question in the late s, children we’ already required by law societt have more schooling than the the state could afford to give them.