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Deschooling Society

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Schools and universities support 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 are the recruitment centres 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 suggests some radical and exciting reforms for the education system.

Published: Jan 1, 1995

Book Contributors

Section Chapter Authors
Introduction Ivan Illich
Chapter 1
Why We Must Disestablish School Ivan Illich
Chapter 2
Phenomenology of School Ivan Illich
Chapter 3
Ritualization of Progress Ivan Illich
Chapter 4
Institutional Spectrum Ivan Illich
Chapter 5
Irrational Consistencies Ivan Illich
Chapter 6
Learning Webs Ivan Illich
Chapter 7
Rebirth of Epimethean Man Ivan Illich


Ivan Illich is a famous and savage critic of industrial society. I am in total agreement with many of [his] wider arguments.
Times Education Supplement

His assault on the school...demands to be taken seriously...Illich complains that schooling is discriminatory, socially divisive and profoundly inegalitarian.
Peter Jenkins, The Guardian