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Teach Your Own by John Holt
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Feb 07, 2012

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Holt has a lot of inspiring things to say about homeschooling and about living with children. I love his ideas about respect for the child and about giving them plenty of opportunities to learn from real life and engage in play. He tends to get a bit hyperbolic (but this seems natural for someone who felt he was fighting for a cause) and I don't agree with all of his assertions, especially his ideas about learning disabilities. However, there was much that I enjoyed and admired about his writing. Good food for thought if you're considering homeschooling.

Edited to add: I just read something that I think applies to Holt. "In many intellectual movements, the pioneers are unreconstructed and immoderate; it is left to the next generation to temper and qualify and blend what is useful from other theories" (Kohl 10). Holt had to be this way to accomplish the things he did and now it is our job to temper and blend.
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