A funny thing happened on my way to writing another post. I read “Why We Must Disestablish School” by Ed Nerd Hero Ivan Illich, from his book “Deschooling Society.” And I lost all interest in writing about this stuff, or myself. It’s depressing. So, here is a quote from this essay which I really enjoyed:
Equal educational opportunity is, indeed, both a desirable and a feasible goal, but to equate this with obligatory schooling is to confuse salvation with the Church. School has become the world religion of a modernized proletariat, and makes futile promises of salvation to the poor of the technological age. The nation-state has adopted it, drafting all citizens into a graded curriculum leading to sequential diplomas not unlike the initiation rituals and hieratic promotions of former times. The modern state has assumed the duty of enforcing the judgment of its educators through well-meant truant officers and job requirements, much as did the Spanish kings who enforced the judgments of their theologians through the conquistadors and the Inquisition.