Against a System that Has Lost its Liberating Arts

Myles Werntz is Director of Baptist Studies and Associate Professor of Theology at Abilene Christian University. With Jessica Hooten Wilson, the two discuss Ivan Illich’s scandalous 1971 Deschooling Society. The book argues that mass-enforced public schooling trains students more into producers and automatons than into creative, interdependent learners. Distinguishing between school and education, Illich claims the latter must be done with relational and tangible means, such as the tools of the liberal arts, rather than institutionalized grading and ranking.

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