Monday, February 08, 2010

Commentary on Ivan Illich's Deschooling Society

Janine and I started homeschooling in the late 1990s. (1998 maybe?) The Well Trained Mind co-written by Susan Wise Bauer and her mother was one of the first books we read. (You might enjoy Susan's typical days: 1998 day, 1999 day, 2000 day and 2004 day.)

Back then I had a sister and a cousin homeschooling, but I thought it was a relatively recent phenomenon. The more we read the more I realized how long people had been homeschooling, and that historically parents had been in charge of the education of their children. It wasn't until the mid and late 1800s that state governments started taking over education, and even then the parents had a lot more control over what was taught and who got to teach.

Deschooling Society by Ivan Illich was published in 1971, long before almost all the currently popular homeschooling books. I read it a couple years back and enjoyed it.

The Ludwig von Mises Institute has a nice review of Ivan's book. If you are interested in the early history of modern homeschooling you might check it out.

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