Ivan Illich's Deschooling Society

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Rid society of school, this proposition Ivan Illich makes in Deschooling Society may seem faithless. How can we live without school? Where will our children go? When will they learn the heritage of their civilization? Civic values? Literacy and numeracy? What will they do about jobs when the job world today really look us from our credentials and certificates in order to evaluate our capability and skill? Such reactions only prove what Illich asserts: we are addicted to schooling. This addiction is so great that it seems impossible to challenge its existence and practice. But is it really so very difficult to imagine society without school? After all, modern schooling is less than a century old in most parts of the world. Before modern schooling,…show more content…
Illich describes the schooled pupil as one who is made to "confuse teaching with learning, grade advancement with education, a diploma with competence, and fluency with the ability to say something new." A schooled imagination will "accept service in place of value," and for a schooled mind "medical treatment is mistaken for health care, social work for the improvement of community life, police protection for safety, military poise for national security, the rat race for productive work." In a schooled society, "health, learning, dignity, independence, and creative endeavor are defined as little more than the performance of the institutions which claim to serve these ends, and their improvement is made to depend on allocating more resources to the management of hospitals, schools, and other agencies in question." The end result is the "institutionalization of…show more content…
Among them is in obtaining education, where each individual is compulsory to attend school. A person who spend his or her time attending school until the graduation is regarded or considered as an intellectual or educated person. Thus, all human nation across region measure the education level of it citizen through the average of people attending school. This tragedy is not just happen to the students but to the teachers as well. Most people across world region looked up to Finland country for having quality teachers as all of the teachers there have at least the master degree to make them qualified to join the teaching program. Whereas, how many best teachers are exist who have the arts or ability in teaching based on the feeling of love towards the children but not even have any certificate or any official qualification to teach. Illich explained this briefly in his book that
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