John Holt: Educator

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John Holt: Educator

Created the nation's first home education newletter: Growing Without Schooling

He wrote: -How Children Fail (1964; revised 1982)-How Children Learn (1967; revised 1983)-The Underachieving School (1969)-What Do I Do Monday? (1970)-Freedom and Beyond (1972)-Escape From Childhood (1974)-Instead of Education (1976)-Never Too Late (1979)-Teach Your Own (1981; revised 2003 by Pat Farenga)-Learning All the Time (1989)-A Life Worth Living (1990)

Holt's Philosophy"Basically that the human animal is a learning animal; we like to learn; we need to learn; we are good at it; we don’t need to be shown how or made to do it. What kills the processes are the people interfering with it or trying to regulate it or control it."

John Holt

"To a very great degree, school is a place where children learn to be stupid"-John Holt

Holt spoke on many prominent tv shows and radio shows

The Open Classroom:Large groups of students of varying ability in single classroom. Students are typically divided into different groups for each subject according to their skill level for that subject. The students then work in small groups to achieve their assigned goal. Teachers served as both facilitators and instructors. Advocates argued that students should be allowed to learn in ways suited to theri individual differences and that the most effectice teaching and learning strategies allow teachers to work collaboratively with each other and team teach.

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“I want to make it clear that I don't see homeschooling as some kind of answer to badness of schools. I think that the home is the proper base for the exploration of the world which we call learning or education. Home would be the best base no matter how good the schools were.”


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