Schools have failed our individual needs, supporting false and misleading notions of 'progress' and development fostered by the belief that ever-increasing production, consumption and profit are proper yardsticks for measuring the quality of human life. Our universities have become recruiting centers for the personnel of the consumer society, certifying citizens for service, while at the same time disposing of those judged unfit for the competitive rat race. In this bold and provocative book, Illich suggest some radical and exciting reforms for the education system.
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To understand what it means to deschool society, and not just to reform the
educational establishment, we must now focus on the hidden curriculum of
schooling. We are not concerned here, directly, with the hidden curriculum of the
Inevitably, this hidden curriculum of schooling adds prejudice and guilt to the
discrimination which a society practices against some of its members and
compounds the privilege of others with a new title to condescend to the majority.
Just as ...
But everywhere the school system has the same structure, and everywhere its
hidden curriculum has the same effect. Invariably, it shapes the consumer who
values institutional commodities above the nonprofessional ministration of a ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - palaverofbirds - LibraryThing
Didn't think I'd find myself in such agreement with Illich. Basically, what he's saying is that when you attempt to organize education from a top-down bureaucracy, lead by authoritarian teachers ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - wirkman - LibraryThing
An amazing nutball book by a mind so utopian he does not see the limits of his purview. I have friends who admire Illich. I cannot. The first paragraph contains obvious whoppers, either in terms of ... Read full review
Why We Must Disestablish School
Phenomenology of School
Ritualization of Progress
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