Monday, September 26, 2005

Education, PAR, Illich and Rogers

Was reading up on Participatory Action Research on Wikipedia this evening, when I came across a link to Ivan Illich's Deschooling Society - a text I've been meaning to read for a while now:



Universal education through schooling is not feasible. It would be no more feasible if it were attempted by means of alternative institutions built on the style of present schools. Neither new attitudes of teachers toward their pupils nor the proliferation of educational hardware or software (in classroom or bedroom), nor finally the attempt to expand the pedagogue's responsibility until it engulfs his pupils' lifetimes will deliver universal education. The current search for new educational funnels must be reversed into the search for their institutional inverse: educational webs which heighten the opportunity for each one to transform each moment of his living into one of learning, sharing, and caring. We hope to contribute concepts needed by those who conduct such counterfoil research on education--and also to those who seek alternatives to other established service industries.

(By Ivan Illich, 1970:para 3)

Then Sean jumped on the GoogleTalk and messaged me to read up on Carl Rogers:

I wish to present some very brief remarks, in the hope that if they bring forth any reaction from you, I may get some new light on my own ideas.

a) My experience is that I cannot teach another person how to teach. To attempt it is for me, in the long run, futile.

b) It seems to me that anything that can be taught to another is relatively inconsequential and has little or no significant influence on behavior.

c) I realize increasingly that I am only interested in learnings which significantly influence behavior.

d) I have come to feel that the only learning which significantly influence behavior is self-discovered, self-appropriated learning.

e) Such self-discovered learning, truth that has been personally appropriated and assimilated in experience, cannot be directly communicated to another.

f) As a consequence of the above, I realize that I have lost interest in being a teacher.

1 comment:

botts said...

hey leigh
i've been talking deschooling for years now. when i was at uni one of my education lecturers was a big fan of the whole deschooling philosophy. he really got me to thinking about how and why we educate the way that we do and that has shaped my view of how i should approach my teaching ever since. viva la revolution.