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 Ivan Illich
 Unwelcome Guests Collective  
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A reading of Illich's seminal work of unschooling, by Tereza Coraggio and Robin Upton, broadcast in its entirety in episodes 562-567 of Unwelcome Guests. The direction of the book is indicated by its famous opening paragraph: "Many students, especially those who are poor, intuitively know what the schools do for them. They school them to confuse process and substance. Once these become blurred, a new logic is assumed: the more treatment there is, the better are the results; or, escalation leads to success. The pupil is thereby 'schooled' to confuse teaching with learning, grade advancement with education, a diploma with competence, and fluency with the ability to say something new. His imagination is "schooled" to accept service in place of value. Medical treatment is mistaken for health care, social work for the improvement of community life, police protection for safety, military poise for national security, the rat race for productive work. Health, learning, dignity, independence, and creative endeavor are defined as little more than the performance of the institutions which claim to serve these ends, and their improvement is made to depend on allocating more resources to the management of hospitals, schools, and other agencies in question."
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04:47:28 English 2011-09-03
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Why We Must Disestablish School  01:03:41  64Kbps mp3
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Phenomenology of School  00:21:04  64Kbps mp3
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The Ritualization of Progress  00:47:33  64Kbps mp3
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Institutional Spectrum  00:30:15  64Kbps mp3
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Irrational Consistencies  00:15:56  64Kbps mp3
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Learning Webs  01:14:56  64Kbps mp3
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Rebirth of Epimethean Man  00:34:03  64Kbps mp3
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Introduction  00:00:00  64Kbps mp3
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