Sunday, August 15, 2010

Twitter Book Club: Ivan Illich (1970) Deschooling Society, Ch 5

"Under the impact of intense urbanization, children became a nat resource 2b molded by the schools & fed in2 the industrial machine." Illichless than a minute ago via Twittelator

Actually, that doesn't sound like a bad idea. But, rather than turn the whole culture into a school why not let the culture become the school? Give credit for apprenticeships, for learning acquired informally through experience or discovery, allow students to study physics and geometry at skateboard parks and sports fields, etc. Allow the world to become the "third teacher."

Illich proposes a system whereby citizens are given education vouchers to be spent on learning experiences. He does include teachers of skill and pedagogy as necessary ways of learning. These vouchers could be used to purchase time with these educators by learner choice. These educators could then use these vouchers to further their own learning. He envisions whole new privileged class arising out of this system, that of the person who has learned the most by sharing the most of their knowledge with others.

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