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Monday, December 24, 2012

Everett Reimer book available online

What appears to be the full text of Everett Reimer's book School is Dead is available on the Web in PDF format, right here. The pages are not numbered and it is not clear how the text was obtained, by scanning or retyping.

According to Wikipedia, School is Dead was published in 1971. Deschooling Society, published that same year, opens with these lines:

I owe my interest in public education to Everett Reimer. Until we first met in Puerto Rico in 1958, I had never questioned the value of extending obligatory schooling to all people. Together we have come to realize that for most men the right to learn is curtailed by the obligation to attend school. The essays given at CIDOC and gathered in this book grew out of memoranda which I submitted to him, and which we discussed during 1970, the thirteenth year of our dialogue. […] Since 1967 Reimer and I have met regularly at the Center for Intercultural Documentation (CIDOC) in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
At Google Books, one can read a somewhat critical 1972 essay entitled "Confronting the Educational Philosophies of Ivan Illich and Everett Reimer," written by a Paul R. Reid.

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