I was introduced to the principle of deschooling in the 1970's, by Ivan Ilich, an Austrian philosopher, social critic, and rebellious Roman Catholic priest. Ilich offered us positive suggestions for a reinvention of learning throughout society and throughout every individual lifetime. He might be called an advocate of "lifetime learning".
Ilich's view is reinforced by Prof. Thomas Kuhn, in his book "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions". Even scientists with the benefits of education and professional associations, and the standards of science, found it very difficult to "unlearn" concepts they had previously been taught. Progress in science is impeded by the slow death rate of people with outdated ideas who find it "impossible to change". Depressing news.
The reality is not quite so bleak. Adults do continue to learn, and it is possible to put aside old, outdated ideas and to accept new ideas. Hard to do yes, but not at all impossible. If today's world is changing faster than ever, one of the key tasks of EVERY adult, is to engage in the process of continuous self education.
Problem: Schools have taught us that we need "teachers" and that we must have a certificate to validate our "knowledge". None of that is true. For the real lessons you need to learn, there is no class, and there is no teacher anywhere in the world qualified to teach YOU. If your own education is to BE, it's entirely up to you. Are you ready yet?
The tools for your ongoing education are all around you. All you need to do, is DO something with them.