Ivan Illich: Deschooling Society/Why We Must Disestablish School

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First argument made seems to be that school confuses process with substance; Illich states in the first paragraph that "The pupil is thereby 'schooled' to confuse teaching with learning, grade advancement with education, a diploma with competence, and fluency with the ability to say something new. His imagination is 'schooled' to accept service in place of value."

It is the "institutionalization of values" that according to Illich needs to be reversed so that society can create technologies and institutions that "serve personal, creative and autonomous interaction and the emergence of values which cannot substantially be controlled by technocrats."

School then becomes a paradigm through which Illich aims to explore mans nature and the nature of modern institutions.