• sukumar

    Author has brilliantely engaged us with Illich. But what could be the alternative possibilities in India? There are no school, teachers and lack of concerns about education. Privatization is shaping the whole structure.

  • Sumita Agnihotri

    It is nice to see an interesting article on Ivan illich. Illich ,like Gandhi, helped us to undergo a paradigm shift in our thinking. Be it institutionalized schooling or bio-medicine, Illich made us see the pathology of formalized/structured/bureaucratic institutions. Furthermore,it is important to realize that true learning always takes place outside formal institutions. Amrita has to be congratulated for writing this piece in a wonderful magazine like The New Leam.

  • Pooja Bhatia

    Ivan Illich becomes even more relevant and inspirational in contemporary times where education is being linked to the job market. He rightly argues and i quote, “School has become the world religion of a modernized proletariat, and makes futile promises of salvation to the poor of the technological age. Mere existence of school discourages and disables the poor from taking control of their own learning.” While i agree with his assessment of the drawbacks of institutionalized teaching (that it hampers creativity and that true learning goes beyond schools), i am skeptical about the practical implications and effectiveness of his ‘learning web’ approach to learning. His model seems feasible for a technologically advanced society that can connect online, manage databases and network efficiently. In a resource deprived, digitally developing society like India, Tagore’s indigenous and unique model of education, tried and tested at Shantiniketan, holds much more promise than Illich’s. For Tagore believed that the highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence. He too offers a convivial way of learning where the tools of learning will be in the hands of learners and not any institution. There is a need to revisit Tagore on education and examine his views afresh in the light of Illich’s framework of Deschooling Society.