Illich’s 1971 proposal for deschooling society. Rings a bell?

ILLICH

The most radical alternative to school would be a network or a service which gave each man the same opportunity to share his current concern with others motivated by the same concern.

Let me give, as an example of what I mean, a description of how an intellectual match might work in New York City. Each man, at any given moment and at a minimum price, could identify himself to a computer with his address and telephone number, indicating the book, article, film, or recording on which he seeks a partner for discussion. Within days he could receive by mail the list of others who recently had taken the same initiative. This list would enable him by telephone to arrange for a meeting with persons who initially would be known exclusively by the fact that they requested a dialogue about the same subject.

References

Illich, I., 1971. Deschooling Society. London; New York: Marion Boyars Publications ltd.

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