Talk:Ivan Illich: Deschooling Society/Why We Must Disestablish School

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School then becomes a paradigm through which Illich aims to explore man's nature and the nature of modern institutions. Yes, and fair enough too! Most of us in a schooled society enrol when we are 4 or 5 (some even younger) and stay that way until we are 16 or 18.. some keep going, into tertiary learning which is modeled much in the same. That is pretty much all our formative years. The best years of our lives, 5 days per week, 7 or more hours per day. Kids who's parent's speak a language other than English (in NZ) often grow up not being able to speak the language of their parents, and not even carrying their accent. The majority of their conscious life in their formative years is spent in an institution of around 500 - 1000 other inmates, divided into class by age, gender, even ability, and learning to forgo their individual, family and even political identities for the good of the school. Despotism in schools - A hypermedia remix --Leighblackall 01:45, 20 November 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Something prompted me to revisit the 2001 article Content is not King where I think it can be seen that Andrew Odlyzko says many things in parallel to Illich, particularly where Illich talks about Learning Webs later on.
In the following sections I develop the argument that connectivity is more important than content. The evidence is based on current ::and historical spending figures. I also show that the current preoccupation by decision makers is not new, as similar attitudes have ::been common in the past. I then make projections for the future role of content and connectivity, and discuss implications for the ::architecture of the Internet, including wireless technologies.
--Leighblackall 01:00, 27 December 2007 (UTC)[reply]