This week marks the birthday (Sept. 4) of Ivan Illich, one of the wisest social critics of the twentieth century!
Here are a few provocative Ivan Illich quotes that are representative of some of his best known works. We encourage you to read some of the books, as they offer a deeper exploration of the provocative ideas introduced in these quotes.
“School has become the world religion of a modernized proletariat, and makes futile promises of salvation to the poor of the technological age.”
“[One] major illusion on which the school system rests is that most learning is the result of teaching. Teaching, it is true, may contribute to certain kinds of learning under certain circumstances. But most people acquire most of their knowledge outside school, and in school only insofar as school, in a few rich countries, has become their place of confinement during an increasing part of their lives.”