Australian Left Review

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A Culture of Illich


Pat Vort-Ronald


In the last two years, Ivan Illich has become one of the major gurus of radical movements in education. His book “Deschooling Society” is widely available and widely read. Since his visit to Australia in 1972, learning centres and webs (his alternatives to schools) have been set up in several capital cities. His theories have influenced the current educational policy of the Australian Union of Students, as well as many individual academics, teachers and school and university students. It is therefore important to critically examine his ideas and the political consequences of their practice.



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