January 26, 2011
2011, না-ইস্কুল বা/or Nice School-er akkhan [Narrative of Nice School] Tepantar, IX, (147-63) Kolkata
Being unnecessarily disturbed by the schooling system of the West Bengal, India and consulting the statistical reports of National Crime Bureau on the bleak scenario of schooling, a father withdrew his son from the Ideological state Apparatus (a la Althusser) and followed the Illichian methods of deschooling.
Based on this particular narrative, the author of this paper mounted to the pros and cons of de-/un-/home-schooling society by taking cue from Rabindranath Tagore, M.K. Gandhi, Ivan Illich, Paolo Friere, Basil Bernstein et al. and the Eklavya experiment (Hosengabad, Madhya Pradesh, India) on deschooling society. According to the author, this type of poor’s education is now subsumed, appropriated, approximated and codified by the super-rich schools. This type of synthetic hegemonization has led to a packaging of de-/un-/home-schooling as a bureaucratic knowledge industry ( with ancillary industries of health drinks, school uniforms, bad text/reference books etc.) through the electronic capitalistic opportunity web. However, the author showed the way of retreat from such money-sign based knowledge industry by discussing the positive sides of UNICEF’s educational guidelines along with Yashpal Committee reports and National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT)’s curriculum framework, Though the implementation of all these child-centric self-motivated education as suggested by these agencies is far from the “real”-ity. Therefore, the author insisted on the Tagore’s atmasakti (self-empowerment) that does not alienate pupils from the necessary labor as the corporatization of mainstream educational industry ideologically leads to surplus labor extraction.
Thus the non-school (in Bangla, /na-iskul/ ) has become nice school with a sweet punning.
Note: Downloadable document is in Bengali.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 9
Keywords: de-/un-/home-schooling, Ideological state Apparatus, bureaucratic knowledge industry, electronic capitalism, (in)visible pedagogy, opportunity web, biological mother, nice school
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