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
|Why We Must Disestablish School
|Phenomenology of School
|Ritualization of Progress
|Rebirth of Epimethean Man
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