David Gabbard

A first-generation college student, David Gabbard completed his doctorate in educational foundations at the University of Cincinnati after serving four years in the U.S. Army. After spending more than 25 years critiquing compulsory schools and contemporary school reform measures, Gabbard is currently inspired by Slavoj Žižek's call for a Positive Universal Project, which he views as an alternative vision of what our species ought to be doing – in place of compulsory schooling – with its capacities for collective learning.

Books by David Gabbard:

Silencing Ivan Illich Revisited
A Foucauldian Analysis of Intellectual Exclusion
Originally published in 1993, Silencing Ivan Illich fell out of print when the original publisher went out of business in 1995. The author, David Gabbard, states that the book was pivotal in the evolution of his understanding of schools. Delving into Foucault's work to forge a methodology, he wanted to understand the discursive (symbolic) forces and relations of power and knowledge responsible for the marginalization of Ivan Illich from educational discourse. In short, Illich was “silenced” for having committed the heretical act of denying the benevolence of state-enforced, compulsory schooling. In Silencing Ivan Illich Revisited, Gabbard revisits the text as a means of opening the question of what schools should be. Inspired by Slavoj Žižek's call for a Positive Universal Project, the book provides an alternative vision of what our species ought to be doing in the name of collective learning.
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