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Then, when you’ve found such a person or a group of people, the next thing you would do would be to say, “I like the way you people are working with children, and I want to work with you. ” It might well be that whatever school this was would have very little money to pay you, but they could probably take you on as an unpaid apprentice, and could probably find or make living and boarding arrangements that would make it possible for you to do your apprenticeship at almost no [monetary] cost to yourself.
My very strong feeling is quite the opposite. It is true that institutions have a great deal of power and do occupy a large amount of the waking hours of a great many people. But they do not by any means occupy all their time. There really is a very large part of our lives which is not dominated by institutions, or at least which might not be if we could break the spell which the institutions have cast over us. To continue this thought, Illich said and will continue to say that modern man thinks that every human good or human need is or can be the product of an institution and cannot be obtained any other way.
I did repeal the same strategy at Berkeley. The courses were nominally somewhat different, being called Advanced Composition, all my students were prospective or actual teachers; in fact, the course was mostly about education. Again, there was the same spectrum of reactions. ] taking the time or trouble to tell me what it was they were mad at, or what they wanted or expected or needed, or whatever. It seems at first glance a peculiar reaction, but not when you reflect on the kind of schooling they have had.