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Talking our way into scientific decline Unknown Binding – 1991


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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: National Academy of Sciences (1991)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006D5YTS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Aug. 2003
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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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43 of 51 people found the following review helpful By J. L. Papworth on 14 Sept. 2003
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs V J Walker on 26 Feb. 2013
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A definate read for academics but also for anyone interested in the mcdonaldisation of state schools. A must read *****
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By GA on 10 Sept. 2012
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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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Illich advocated home schooling for all. John Passmore, in The Philosophy of Teaching (Duckworth, 1980), commented, “To abolish schools might make little difference to very bright children, if they have access to books and helpful parents. But it would certainly make a great difference to children who do not possess these advantages.” (P. 27.)
Illich's reactionary proposals are an attack on all systems of schooling, including the best as in Finland and Cuba.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jomo on 28 Jun. 2014
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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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