- Mar 2021
His first book, Deschooling Society, published in 1971, was a groundbreaking critique of compulsory mass education. He argued the oppressive structure of the school system could not be reformed. It must be dismantled in order to free humanity from the crippling effects of the institutionalization of all of life. He went on to critique modern mass medicine. In the pre-Internet age, Illich was highly influential among intellectuals and academics. He became known worldwide for his progressive polemics about how human culture could be preserved and expand, activity expressive of truly human values, in the face of multiple thundering forces of de-humanization.
A fairly reasonable summary of his thinking?
- Jul 2016
In some ways, it’s quite remarkable that one of the key figures of post-development was also the one who called for “deschooling society”. As is obvious from observing humanitarian and philanthropic work is that “development” participates in neocolonialism, despite (or often because of) the best of intentions. MOOCs are closer to development than to postdevelopment. Even cMOOCs.
- A Celebration of Awareness
- international development
- global inequalities
- Deschooling Society
relearning why we want kids in schools in the first place
- Jun 2016
I have questions about this history of schooling as Mitra (and others) tell it, about colonialism and neo-colonialism.
Paging Ivan Illich.