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.


  1. (tr) to separate education from the institution of school and operate through the pupil’s life experience as opposed to a set curriculum

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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