How Children Fail (Classics in Child Development)
It definitely wasn't perfect, there were certain points where the spelling and grammar made it difficult to understand what was going on. Another aspect that I wasn't crazy about was the product placement. I can tell that John was just trying to be helpful and give pointers to other teaching personnel and share what he was interested in, but it's clear in revision notes that John wished he hadn't ...more
Fantastic. Cannot recommend this highly enough. Some of the references are a bit dated, but the main points are just as valid as ever. It is nothing short of criminal what is done to children "in their own good".
As a teacher, I started asking questions. Am I actually helping my students learn? Why are kids graduating from college with absolutely no idea about what they're good at or even i ...more
It will teach you as much or more than any college or grad course in pedagogy and in a much more enjoyable manner with more inspiration than any pedagogy professor I've ever encountered.
It is a true today as it was when it was written.
It is an easy read, without jargon.
As a young college student, I read a library copy and as soon as I could afford to, I purchased a copy and promised myself I would read it at least once ...more
From this book, the following thoughts stood out:
Pg 67-68: Failure is honorable and constructive. The only true failure happens when we quit, give up. To be smart/to have success is to keep trying.
Pg 208: "We teachers will have to learn to recognize when our students are, mathematically ...more
As Holt insists beautifully here, 'intelligence is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don't know what to do'. In other words, intelligence can only be rooted and t ...more
أنا ممتنة لجون هولت..ممتنة لتلك الرقة في المشاعر في التعامل مع اﻷطفال و السعي المستمر لمحاولة فهمهم
أنا أحببت الكتاب أكثر مما كنت متوقعة أني سأحبه. في بعض اﻷجزاء و هو يتحدث عن فشل اﻷطفال شعرت أنني هذه الطفلة الفاشلة التي تحاول أن تبحث عن معنى و تحاول أن تربط اﻷشياء ببعضها البعض. و في البعض اﻷخر ، جعلني أتأمل في ممارساتي مع اﻷطفال و مع من أعلمهم سواء صغار أو كبار.هذا الكتاب جعلني أشعر كم أنا مسئولة
"كيف يفشل الأطفال" هي رحلة بدأها المُعلمجون هولت عام 1958 و -هو مُعلم و كاتب أمريكي عاش في الفترة...more
"It used to puzzle me that the students who made the most mistakes and got the worst marks were so often the first ones to hand in their papers. I used to say, 'If you finish early, take time to check your work, do some problems again.' Typical teacher's advice; I might as well have told them to flap their arms and fly. When the paper was in, the tension was ended. Their fate was in the lap of the gods. They might still worry about flunking the p ...more
The best part is that he ...more
This is a must read for any human being. It was an overwhelming read for me because I related to so many of the things mentioned within it. I am an example of a child who was ignored, who had her strategies to survive in school, who really was behind and didn't understand as much as my teachers thought I did. I stopped caring sometime around middle school. Sadly, there are far too many examples of students who ...more
The edition I read on Kindle is a second edition & has elaborations by the author that he has blended in so well that I only spotted a few.
John Holt tries to show how schools destroy intelligence.
The book does give some insights to children's experience of the (American) school system as interpreted by an observant & interested teacher & views on how this experience impacts on the outcome of the sc ...more
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It is the creed of a slave.”
What is most surprising of all is how much fear there is in school. Why is so little said about it. Perhaps most people do not recognize fear in children when they see it. They can read the grossest signs of fear; they know what the trouble is when a child clings howling to his mother; but the subtler signs of fear escaping them. It is these signs, in children's faces, voices, and gestures, in their movements and ways of working, that tell me plainly that most children in school are scared most of the time, many of them very scared. Like good soldiers, they control their fears, live with them, and adjust themselves to them. But the trouble is, and here is a vital difference between school and war, that the adjustments children make to their fears are almost wholly bad, destructive of their intelligence and capacity. The scared fighter may be the best fighter, but the scared learner is always a poor learner.”