John Holt


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in New York City, New York, The United States
April 14, 1923

Died
September 14, 1985

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After teaching in private schools for many years John Caldwell Holt wrote his first two books, How Children Fail, and How Children Learn. He became a vocal advocate for school reforms, and wrote several more books about education theory and practice, including alternative forms and many social issues relating to the education system. Eventually he decided school reform was impossible, and changed his focus to homeschooling. He started America's first magazine dedicated to the subject, Growing Without Schooling, in 1977.

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How Children Learn

4.17 avg rating — 2,253 ratings — published 1967 — 31 editions
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How Children Fail

4.22 avg rating — 1,509 ratings — published 1964 — 16 editions
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Teach Your Own: The John Ho...

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4.08 avg rating — 1,424 ratings — published 1981 — 11 editions
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Learning All The Time

4.24 avg rating — 1,093 ratings — published 1989 — 4 editions
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Instead of Education: Ways ...

4.11 avg rating — 448 ratings — published 1977 — 8 editions
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Escape From Childhood

4.06 avg rating — 204 ratings — published 1974 — 10 editions
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Never Too Late: My Musical ...

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Freedom and Beyond

4.20 avg rating — 91 ratings — published 1972 — 6 editions
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What Do I Do Monday?

3.99 avg rating — 104 ratings — published 1970 — 6 editions
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Growing Without Schooling: ...

4.19 avg rating — 53 ratings — published 1997
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“Leaders are not, as we are often led to think, people who go along with huge crowds following them. Leaders are people who go their own way without caring, or even looking to see, whether anyone is following them. "Leadership qualities" are not the qualities that enable people to attract followers, but those that enable them to do without them. They include, at the very least, courage, endurance, patience, humor, flexibility, resourcefulness, stubbornness, a keen sense of reality, and the ability to keep a cool and clear head, even when things are going badly. True leaders, in short, do not make people into followers, but into other leaders.”
John Holt , Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book Of Homeschooling

“We destroy the love of learning in children, which is so strong when they are small, by encouraging and compelling them to work for petty and contemptible rewards, gold stars, or papers marked 100 and tacked to the wall, or A's on report cards, or honor rolls, or dean's lists, or Phi Beta Kappa keys, in short, for the ignoble satisfaction of feeling that they are better than someone else.”
John Holt

“The true test of character is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don't know what to do.”
John Holt