While I documented the previous books I read for
Deschooling Society is a radical departure from our conventional wisdom regarding the morally righteous view of the need for school, especially schooling for the poor, in a society. This quote is really a sort of thesis statement for the whole book. It is hard to imagine a world without schools or a world without institutions of production. After reading this book I still am having trouble wrapping my brain around the concept. However, I come to meet Ivan Illich's thoughts on schooling at a time in my own personal and professional journey where as an educator and parent am beginning to seriously question many of the notions I have long accepted as unquestioned truths about education. For me this has been sparked by the debate about the "common core" charters like KIPP, TFA, & Mastery that have been sold to us as model schools, schools the rich would not dare send their own kids to. It has also been sparked by the eminent end of unschooled childhood in our household as my oldest daughter enters kindergarten in a couple of weeks. It has also been sparked by the transparency of informal learning we have seen through use of social media and having spent three years observing the effects of
Over and over in this book Illich describes a type of network that could be built to support people in their own self-guided learning. For Illich this could be computer-mediated (written in COBAL) or man powered. His use of the word "technocrat" describes the person who is heavily invested in systemic or bureaucratic mechanisms like the hierarchy of schools. Many times he mentions a system that sounds eerily like social networks and PLNs.
I am reminded of a the lyrics to a Sheryl Crow song, "it’s not having what you want, its wanting what you’ve got."
"Educational disadvantage cannot be cured by relying on education within the school." Illich
"Schools by their very structure resist the concentration of privilege on those otherwise disadvantaged." Illich
"Special curricula, separate classes, or longer hours only constitute more discrimination at a higher cost." Illich
Sounds like the Obama-Duncan plan for education reform.
"The poor need funds to allow them to learn, not to get certified for the treatment of their alleged disproportionate deficiencies." Illich
"All over the world the school had an anti-educational effect on society." Illich
"The second major illusion on which the school system rests is that most learning is the result of teaching." Illich
"The second major illusion on which the school system rests is that most learning is the result of teaching." Illich (via @anderscj)
I agree RT @anderscj: "The second major illusion on which the school system rests is that most learning is the result of teaching." Illich
"The equal right of each man to exercise his competence to learn and to instruct is now pre-emptied by certified teachers." Illich
Ivan Illich, in 1970, in the first chapter of Deschooling Society describes something that sounds a lot like my
Check out @anderscj -he's tweeting excellent thought provoking quotes from Ivan illich - Deschooling Society