Instead of Education: Ways to Help People Do Things Better

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Sentient Publications, 2004 - Education - 250 pages
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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.
 

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User Review  - Zag Abdulrahman - Goodreads

We don't see someone who has been home-schooled, advocating homeschooling, do we? How perplexing it is, to be who you are as "compulsory Schooled". Nonetheless, you advocate homeschooling! Read full review

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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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