Deschooling from Above

Mayssoun Sukarieh, Stuart Tannock

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The concept of deschooling has been making a comeback, after having been
largely written off by the mainstream education research community in the 1980s
and early 1990s. However, it is not just anti-capitalist radicals who are rediscovering
the appeal of deschooling, but political and economic elites as well. This article
traces some of the central claims and practices of this elite-led movement – that we
call ‘deschooling from above’ – in current attacks on universal higher education,
projects to deschool professional and technical training and an abandonment of
past commitments to universal compulsory schooling. The authors argue that all
of these trends need to be situated within the broader context of the unravelling of
the education fix of the previous era of global (neoliberal) capitalist restructuring.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-86
Number of pages19
JournalRace and Class
Issue number4
Early online date10 Jan 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2020


  • alternative credentials
  • anti-college movement
  • deschooling
  • education fix
  • Illich
  • school closure
  • school exclusion
  • work-based learning


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