Ivan Illich

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JANUARY 03, 2014 by IVAN ILLICH

Ivan Illich analyzes compulsory State schooling in terms of power dynamics. What he finds is an inculcation of dependency and an institutionalized denial of individuals' control over their own educations. What he calls for is even more radical.

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Unfortunately, educating people about phenomena that are counterintuitive, not-so-easy to remember, and suggest our individual lack of human control (for starters) can seem like an uphill battle in the war of ideas. So we sally forth into a kind of wilderness, an economic fairyland. We are myth busters in a world where people crave myths more than reality. Why do they so readily embrace untruth? Primarily because the immediate costs of doing so are so low and the psychic benefits are so high.
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