First published in 1968 this is a world-famous work on pedagogy in the context of a struggle for liberation. The educational criticism and theory is developed in the context of a Marxist dialectic. Even outside of that political context the book still has huge value as a pointer to an approach to teaching which is based on solidarity and not manipulation and oppression.
Illich’s profound analysis of modern Western societies through the fulcrum of the ‘manipulative institution’ is as significant an analysis as that of Marx. This brief review summmarises his thought in Deschooling Society.
Original Publication Date: 2010
The book is about the trend in education, at all levels, from primary through secondary to
FE and University towards a new prioritisation of the emotions in learning. Overall a very good depiction of how the folksy, unscientific, notions of psychotherapy are being used to build a new and disturbing kind of ‘education’ in Britain’s state funded schools.
Original Publication Date: 2009
This paper details the extent of biometric surveillance technology in schools as the state was in 2009. Finger-printing devices for library systems, dinner queues and registration are wide-spread. The (now defunct) quango BECTA (concerned to promote technology in education) chillingly welcomed all this as being more ”efficient”.
Pub: March 2009 (original publication date)
This review, by a leading social worker with a background in local authority education, inevitably found that more regulation and monitoring of the as yet relatively unmolested home education sector was needed. Not unusually for the time a few extreme cases of child abuse were used to justify the proposed new powers, whose primary manifestation was to extend a blanket of surveillance over everyone rather than limit the interventions of the authorities to cases where abuse was actually a problem. A new layer of legislation was proposed which would have created the ˜tools” for this blanket surveillance of the sector. However, the proposed legislation did not make into onto the statute book before the 2010 election and has not been taken up by the new administration.
Original publication date June 2009