FYI: deschooling initiative


Richard Moore

Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2007 12:43:50 -0500
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From: "Chris Glavin" <•••@••.•••>
Subject: Deschooling


My name is Chris Glavin. I run a website devoted to providing resourceful 
information for a number of topics in education and disabilities and disorders. 
I have created an information page for Deschooling under the Alternative 
Education section of my website.

Please take a moment out of your day to visit the page. If you would like to 
help in any way please do not hesitate to contact me. I am always looking for 
individuals interested in providing articles, resources or have provide services
for Deschooling.

Chris Glavin


Deschooling is a term used by both education philosophers and proponents of 
alternative education and/or home schooling, which refers to different things in
each context. It was popularized by Ivan Illich in his 1971 book Deschooling 

Philosophically, it refers to the belief that schools and other learning 
institutions are incapable of providing the best possible education for some or 
most individuals. Some extend this concept beyond the individual and call for an
end to schools in general. This is based on the belief that most people learn 
better by themselves, outside of an institutional environment, at a 
self-determined pace. This is the meaning of the term as used by Illich. Another
common criticism is that institutionalized schooling is used as a tool for the 
engineering of an ignorant, conformist working class through constant schedules 
and prearranged time blocks and one-size-fits-all teaching methods.

Practical alternatives arising in place of institutionalized learning have been 
free schools, un schooling at home and forming networks with other deschooling 
families and individuals.

In a practical context, it refers to the mental process a person goes through 
after being removed from a formal schooling environment, when the "school mind 
set" is eroded over time. It is typically used to describe children who have 
been removed from school for the purpose of self-directed home schooling, but 
technically applies any person leaving school, either by dropping out or 

The term is sometimes used synonymously with un schooling, which is actually 
quite different. Deschooling refers the time period it takes for child removed 
from school to adjust to learning in an unstructured environment. Families who 
have taken their children out of school to home school often find their children
need a period of adjustment- learning to live without the reinforcement of 
grading and regimented learning.

K12 Academics

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