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verb (used with object)
  1. to abolish or phase out traditional schools from, so as to replace them with alternative methods and forms of education.

Origin of deschool

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British Dictionary definitions for deschooling


  1. (tr) to separate education from the institution of school and operate through the pupil's life experience as opposed to a set curriculum
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Word Origin and History for deschooling


1970, coined by Austrian-born U.S. anarchist philosopher Ivan Illich (1926-2002) for "the transfer of education to non-institutional systems;" see de- + schooling.

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