The first deschoolers
, he told me, were 'dropouts from contemporary society--hippies, yippies, that sort of thing.'"
It contains some predictable pieces from such well-known deschoolers as Holt, Tolstoy, and Illich (who writes a preface), and some informative and helpfully concrete descriptions of home schooling and alternative schooling projects.
Nor do I see schools as suppressing individuality, though this is a concept that is far more complicated than it seems to many deschoolers. In my own case, for example, my schooling substantially enhanced my individuality by introducing me to an intellectual and cultural world that otherwise I might well never have encountered.
However, deschoolers too often use this kind of over-simplified argument.
Obviously, to raise objections like these is to use a very blunt instrument to prise open some very complex issues, but deschoolers rarely seem to explore them.