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J Cole

Auhtor: Emma Gellibrand

Language: english

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Review by Chandler, July 2005


Rating: (***)
Copyright: Public Domain in the U.S.
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Summary of the Book 'J Cole':

Deschooling Society (1971) is a book that brought Ivan Illich to public attention. It is a critical discourse on education as practised in modern economies. Full of detail on programs and concerns the books assertions remain as radical today as they were at the time. Giving examples of the ineffectual nature of institutionalized education Illich posited self-directed education supported by intentional social relations in fluid informal arrangements: 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 pedagogues 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. The last sentence makes clear what the title suggests -- that the institutionalization of education is considered to institutionalize society and conversely that ideas for de-institutionalizing education may be a starting point for a de-institutionalized society. The book is more than a critique -- it contains suggestions for changes to learning in society and individual lifetimes. Particularly striking is his call (in 1971) for the use of advanced technology to support learning webs. The operation of a peer-matching network would be simple. The user would identify himself by name and address and describe the activity for which he sought a peer. A computer would send him back the names and addresses of all those who had inserted the same description. It is amazing that such a simple utility has never been used on a broad scale for publicly valued activity. Illich argued that the use of technology to create decentralized webs could support the goal of creating a good educational system: A good educational system should have three purposes: it should provide all who want to learn with access to available resources at any time in their lives empower all who want to share what they know to find those who want to learn it from them and finally furnish all who want to present an issue to the public with the opportunity to make their challenge known. Preventing formal institutions from holding a monopoly over school and other information flows could have more effect on society. Schools are not (as commonly perceived) a dependent variable within society. They are the reproductive organ of a consumer society. As such school has potential to change oppressive systems from within. File:Wikiversity-logo. svg Wikiversity has learning materials about Ivan Illich: Deschooling Society

Excerpts from the Book 'J Cole':


... startled me, so strangely did it seem to belong to the size of the clothes, and not the wearer,-. Please'm, it's J. Cole and I've come to live with ...
... of decoration, and had given us a specimen. Soon after, my friends having gone, I thought of J. Cole waiting to be dismissed, and sent for him. Cook ...
... give you a month's trial. I shall write to the gentleman who employs your brother and if he speaks well of you, you may stay.. And may I stay now, ...
... soaped too, to make them go tidily on his forehead. The former page having left his livery jacket and trousers, Mary had let Joe dress in them, at ...
... of our best customers they was. Well, Dick, he counts 'em, and soon misses one. 'Thirty-eight, thirty-nine,' he sez, and no more 'but 'ere's a ...
... winter season at our house there. I hoped my dear sister and her girls would then join us, and, best of all, my dear husband be home to make our circle ...
... little hands got through, nobody but those he helped and worked for could tell. Whatever was wanted Joe knew where to find it. Joe's knife was ready ...
... could see he was not quite comfortable about it. At dinner that day Joe had an accident he was dreadfully nervous, as usual, and when waiting, he ...
... careful. Now run and get a sponge, and do the best you can with it.. After that Joe had the greatest terror of that treacherous skin, and I heard ...
... wake in the morning, and he seemed so heavy with sleep, as if he had no rest at night. Also Cook had proofs of his having been in her kitchen after ...
... home and Joe was constantly talking to Mrs. Wilson about his various pets, left behind in the gardener's care. There was an old jackdaw, an especial ...
... silence, until I must have fallen asleep, for I awoke chilly and cramped from the uncomfortable posture I had slept in. The fire was out, and the house ...
... and down the front steps. As I turned the handle of the heavy iron gate, I looked down at the front kitchen window. A man stood in the kitchen, ...
... where they had a ladder against the stable-wall. They must have pulled this up after them, and tossed it into the next garden, where it was found, ...
... evening, and looked about for traces of the robbers, and before night a description of the stolen things, and a most minute one of Joe, were posted ...
... him so well.. Dick sat down, and shading his eyes with his hand that his tears might not betray his weakness any more, he listened quietly while ...
... had Dick gone, when a loud, and this time firm ring, announced another visitor, and in a cab, too, I could hear. Evidently there was ...
... such a fearful death as that. The doctor soon pulled the horrid gag from his mouth, and the good- natured cabman, who evidently felt for us, helped ...
... move. Dick held him in his arms all that morning, and presently towards noon the doctor took the little wrist, and found the pulse still feebly beating ...
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