Instead of Education: Ways to Help People Do Things Better

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Sentient Publications, 2004 - Education - 250 pages
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.


Doing Not Education
The Myth of Learning
Doer Schools vs Educator Schools
Resources for Doers
More Resources for Doers
Sports Resources
Doers and their teachers
More teachers at Work
The Failure of School Reform
What Schools Are For
What All Schools Must Teach
The Obedient Torturers
Schools into schools
Why Teach?
Do We Have a Chance?

The True Authority of teachers
On Human Nature
One of the Best Schools
Selected Bibliography

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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.

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