Many people use the words “learning” and “education” more or less interchangeably. But a moment’s reflection reveals that they are not at all the same.

Lots of beautiful thoughts from Vinoba Bhave, including a powerful story on Only Teaching.

Some powerful excerpts on nai talim and self-reliance from Vinoba Bhave.

Dedicated to all those courageous learners in India who have chosen to leave school to pursue more meaningful, creative and just paths of learning, living and being.


An address by Monsignor Ivan Illich to students about the deep dangers of paternalism inherent in any voluntary service activity.

Our laborious Manner of Life compar’d with theirs, they esteem slavish & base...

Once upon a time, the tribe of humanity embarked upon a long journey called Separation. It was not a blunder as some – seeing its ravages upon the planet – might think. Nor was it a fall, nor an expression of some innate evil peculiar to the human species.

Ivan Illich saw the ecological crisis as a genuine turning-point: a once-in-a-generation opportunity to rediscover what he called conviviality: "the autonomous and creative intercourse among persons and of persons with their environment".

I have been pondering about the necessity of get­ting out of movements even movements that have seemed necessary and dear.

John Holt describes why he gave up on trying to reform schools and started advocating that families liberate their children from schooling.



The governing pattern that a culture obeys is a master story — one narrative in society that takes over the others, shrinking diversity and forming a monoculture.

An authentic Sacred Life and Living Earth story is emerging. It has ancient roots in indigenous wisdom. If embraced, it changes everything.

Ancient Futures is much more than a book about Ladakh. Passionately argued, it raises important questions about the whole notion of progress, and explores the root causes of the malaise of industrial society

The essays in The Unsettling of America argue that today's agribusiness takes farming out of its cultural context, and is destructive to the lives of farmers and to our culture as a whole.  

The book examines the modern economic system, its use of resources and how it impacts on our lives. It questions whether the system reflects what society cares about.

Instead of Education is Holt’s most direct and radical challenge to the educational status quo and a clarion call to parents to save their children from schools of all kinds.

According to Mander, we are in the midst of "an epic worldwide struggle" between the forces of Western economic development and the remaining native peoples of the planet.