Sunday, September 28, 2008

Oh dear, this is worrying

Deschooling Society I'm not a political animal, but I seem to be getting a reputation as a radical. After yesterday's post, someone just sent me a link to Deschooling Society by Ivan Illich:
  1. Why We Must Disestablish School
  2. Phenomenology of School
  3. Ritualization of Progress
  4. Institutional Spectrum
  5. Irrational Consistencies
  6. Learning Webs
  7. Rebirth of Epimethean Man
Interesting stuff, but a little extreme for my taste. Schooling plays a vital role in society:
  • Primary: Learning to use cutlery
  • Secondary: Just the facts Ma'am
  • Tertiary: Still working on that one - any suggestions?
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught. Oscar Wilde

But while we're on the subject, remember that learning styles don't exist, says Professor Daniel Willingham, University of Virginia:

And even if they did, they have no practical value in teaching.