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Deschooling Society by Ivan Illich
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Mar 12, 08

Read in March, 2008

Ivan Illich's main idea - that today's massive system of institutionalized education is detrimental both to the individual and society - is a perspective sorely needed in the education debate. Even more fascinating is his theory that schools are one of the most effective ways that people are being turned into consumers. The book, however, doesn't do a great job at presenting these ideas. It is a collection of essays and lectures, and some revision would have been useful. The book lacks structure, and many thoughts are repeated over and over again. Also, I am skeptical of Illich's idea that education can be organized by computers and that teachers can in many cases be replaced by video tapes.

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