John Holt

While Ken Robinson has been my inspiration, John Holt was my father’s. I have not been able to find any articles of his so far, but I would like to share some quotes.

“I have used the words “home schooling” to describe the process by which children grow and learn in the world without going, or going very much, to schools, because those words are familiar and quickly understood. But in one very important sense they are misleading. What is most important and valuable about the home as a base for children’s growth in the word is not that it is a better school than the schools but that it isn’t a school at all.”

-John Holt, Teach Your Own

“Of course, a child may not know what he may need to know in ten years (who does?), but he knows, and much better than anyone else, what he wants and needs to know right now, what his mind is ready and hungry for. If we help him, or just allow him, to learn that, he will remember it, use it, build on it. If we try to make him learn something else, that we think is more important, the chances are that he won’t learn it, or will learn very little of it, that he will soon forget most of what he learned, and what is worst of all, will before long lose most of his appetite for learning anything.”

-John Holt, Teach Your Own

“We who believe that children want to learn about the world, are good at it, and can be trusted to do it with very little adult coercion or interference, are probably no more than one percent of the population, if that. And we are not likely to become the majority in my lifetime. This doesn’t trouble me much anymore, as long as this minority keeps on growing. My work is to help it grow. ”

-John Holt, Teach Your Own

“Living is learning and when kids are living fully and energetically and happily they are learning a lot, even if we don’t always know what it is. ”

-John Holt, Teach Your Own

For more information about John Holt:

http://www.holtgws.com/johnholtpage.html


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