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Deschooling society [Hardcover]

Ivan Illich
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Hardcover: 116 pages
  • Publisher: Harper & Row (1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060121394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060121396
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.5 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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This is a fundamentally important book. It takes a refreshingly open and challenging stance on our current excessive and damaging compulsory schooling.
An engaging book from start to finish - Illich unpacked his inspiring ideas leaving me wanting more. Although this was first published in the early 70's it speaks urgently and relevantly about our current schooling situation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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For anyone interested in education or society in general this book is for you.
Successive governments slowly grind bad curriculums into
impressionable minds. Many do not understand this however by reading this short
insightful book it will be become quite clear as to way why so many dissolusioned
walk the streets.
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking as usual 14 Sep 2003
Once again Ivan Illich goes for the jugular vein of capitalist society suggesting institutions, here education, render people less prone to self reliance and improvment, while maintaining 'cushy number' occupations for the middle classes through professional protectionism. While criticising he is not unforthcoming, as in his other works, to suggesting remedies. Some of which are more than plausible and pragmatic, particularly in a more computer driven age than thirty years ago when the book was written. I haven't given five stars because there's a turgid chapter toward the end when he tries analogies between modern man and Greek mythology to explain his arguments. This and the fact that that he's disposed to a rather disengaging, waffly style of prose at times lose him marks in MY classroom I'm afraid!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this 28 Jun 2014
By Jomo
I love Ivan illich, he says it like he see's it with no fear, totally off the wall and opposed to the normative conditioning of society by the corporations that want us to believe that the way we do education is the only way.
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