A fairly reasonable summary of Ivan Illich’s thinking?

I wonder if Cathy N. Davidson references Illich in her writing? This sounds roughly similar to the idea of the humanism behind The New Education by Davidson.

Surely Illich would have been against the ills we’re seeing in the space of social media as well.

Definitely want to read this.


His first book, Deschooling Society, published in 1971, was a groundbreaking critique of compulsory mass education. He argued the oppressive structure of the school system could not be reformed. It must be dismantled in order to free humanity from the crippling effects of the institutionalization of all of life. He went on to critique modern mass medicine. In the pre-Internet age, Illich was highly influential among intellectuals and academics. He became known worldwide for his progressive polemics about how human culture could be preserved and expand, activity expressive of truly human values, in the face of multiple thundering forces of de-humanization.1


links: Ivan Illich Deschooling Society

connected ideas: The New Education


  1. Ivan Illich | syndication link↩︎


March 16, 2021