Instead of Education: Ways to Help People Do Things Better

Front Cover
Sentient Publications, 2004 - Education - 250 pages
20 Reviews
Synopsis: John Holt, best-selling author of 10 pioneering books on alternative education, is widely credited with launching today's huge and still growing homeschooling movement. His original thinking and clear, thoughtful writing has emboldened countless parents to take the education of their children into their own hands. Instead of Education is Holt's most direct and radical challenge to the educational status quo and a clarion call to parents to save their children from schools of all kinds. In this breakthrough work Holt lays out the foundation for un-schooling as the vital path to self-directed learning and a creative life. It has become common knowledge that our educational system is in dire straights. Children graduate high school without knowing how to read; students are driven to violence by the brutal social climate of school; and with the ever-increasing demand for stricter discipline and higher standardized test scores, teachers have little time to convey their passion for their subject, if indeed any has survived. John Holt also makes the point that schools stifle children's creativity and individuality. In Instead of Education he gives us practical, innovative ideas for changing all that. He suggests creative ways to take advantage of the underused facilities we already have--such as holding classes that people really want on weekdays in churches and on weekends in schools. He gives lots of examples of educational programs that work and of people who self-educate in interesting ways. He describes actual non-compulsory schools, learning centers, and informal learning arrangements in action.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
10
4 stars
6
3 stars
2
2 stars
1
1 star
1

Review: Instead of Education: Ways to Help People Do Things Better

User Review  - David Langer - Goodreads

So, overall, I really enjoyed this book. His distinction of S-chools and s-chools was hard to read. I get what he meant by the distinction, and appreciate it, I just found the mechanism (the 'S-' and ... Read full review

Review: Instead of Education: Ways to Help People Do Things Better

User Review  - Philski - Goodreads

A little dated (predates the homeschool movement which addresses many but not all of his concerns, depending on the implementation) and a little liberal/hippy for my tastes but an interesting look at ... Read full review

Contents

III
3
IV
10
V
18
VI
27
VII
38
VIII
50
IX
57
X
83
XIV
138
XV
156
XVI
170
XVII
178
XVIII
190
XIX
200
XX
209
XXI
223

XI
106
XII
112
XIII
118

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2004)

John Holt was a fifth grade teacher who worked in private schools. In 1964, his book "How Children Fail" created an uproar with his observations that forcing children to learn makes them unnaturally self-conscious about learning and stifles children's initiative and creativity by making them focus on how to please the teachers and the schools with the answers they will reward best. His subsequent book, "How Children Learn" (1967), also became widely known. The two are still in print and together they have sold over a million and a half copies and have been translated into over 14 languages.

Bibliographic information