Posted by: Ian Bruk | July 16, 2006

In a world where everything is a “racket”

It’s great to hear something inspirational.

This morning I listened to “The Sunday Edition” on CBC Radio in which David Cayley was interviewed about his book: “The Rivers North of the Future – The Testament of Ivan Illich as told to David Cayley“.

How could I have never heard of Illich?

A highly recommend the Wikipedia entry for Illich to understand more about his philosophy.

In looking at some of the books about Illich on I found the following quote from a review of “The Challenges of Ivan Illich: A Collective Reflection“.

Just as the over-consumption of goods tends to ruin the physical environment, he makes clear, the over-consumption of services such as compulsory education and medical care wrecks the social fabric. Schools make us dumb, hospitals increase sickness, cars frustrate by causing traffic jams and costing us dearly.

Following is a quote from Illich from his book “Deschooling Society”:

Universal education through schooling is not feasible. It would be no more feasible if it were attempted by means of alternative institutions built on the style of present schools. Neither new attitudes of teachers toward their pupils nor the proliferation of educational hardware or software (in classroom or bedroom), nor finally the attempt to expand the pedagogue’s responsibility until it engulfs his pupils’ lifetimes will deliver universal education. The current search for new educational funnels must be reversed into the search for their institutional inverse: educational webs which heighten the opportunity for each one to transform each moment of his living into one of learning, sharing, and caring. We hope to contribute concepts needed by those who conduct such counterfoil research on education–and also to those who seek alternatives to other established service industries.


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