Definition of deschooling in English:


Pronunciation /ˌdiːˈskuːlɪŋ/


  • 1The action or process of transferring the function of education within a society from conventional schools to non-institutional systems of learning which are held to allow the student to develop more freely. Chiefly in or with reference to the writings of Ivan Illich.

  • 2The action or process of removing a child from the school system so as to educate him or her at home; the transitional process undergone by a child removed from the school system.


1970s. From de- + school + -ing.