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Meredith Morgan Morgan 1 Professor Aronowitz Due: 17 th April 2006 Ivan Ilich, Deschooling Society I agree with Ivan Illich’s critique on the modern western educational system. I passionately agree with his argument on the hidden curriculum and the motivation for a student’s education. I stand by illich’s claim that the student’s confusion with teaching, learning, grade advancement and education is caused by societies blurred philosophies. I do concur with most of his assertions in his text but I am still skeptical on if his new schooling system would be successful. I agree with the philosophy of it but unconvinced that it would succeed. Our society mimics the educational system. American society is based on a pyramid; do something to get something else and ultimately to get ahead. Illich explains that this is present in the hidden curriculum of the American educational system. Everything is ultimately based on materialism and to get to the next step. For example a student will write an essay to get a good grade, which will help the student advance to the next grade level and finally graduate to get a diploma or certificate. The whole system is based on getting measurable results regardless of what knowledge is actually acquired. Ivan asserts that real learning that is acquired outside of the schooling institution cannot be measured. He parallels other education philosophers, like Plato, that real knowledge is a conversion of the soul and that cannot have a grade. “But personal growth is not measurable entity. It is growth in disciplined dissidence, which cannot be measured against any rod, or any curriculum, nor compared to someone else’s achievement. In such learning one can emulate others only in imaginative endeavor, and follow in their footsteps rather than mimic their gait”(Illich.40)” A grade is not a measure of what a person takes out of class.. Because society disapproves of people who are not proficiently educated a young person will strive to be
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