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Freedom and Beyond

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"Freedom and Beyond" represents a significant turning point in Holt's work. This is the first book in which he looked beyond schooling as the sole problem of education or as the sole solution. No longer would Holt argue that if we could only make schools better, the problems that he and other critics outlined would be solved.
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Published November 6th 1995 by Heinemann Educational Books (first published January 1st 1972)
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Weathervane
Dec 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: education
A few points made:

- "Schooling" is not equivalent to "education" or "learning" -- schooling is about packaging a product and selling it; instilling students with dubious values comes free-of-charge. This is the "hidden curriculum." (Though I don't believe Holt uses this term.)

- Compulsory schooling eliminates freedom from a child's life. The only choice is between jail and school -- do we cut off your head or your hand? Teachers will never know which of their methods students are truly enthusias
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Megan
Oct 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
Picked this randomly off a shelf at the library and thus far it's amazing. Most down-to-earth description of what genuine 'freedom' is that I've read in awhile.
Deborah
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was first published in 1972. Both Vietnam (or what Holt refers to as the "Asian War") and the segregation of Boston schools are frequently mentioned. If you're squeamish about revisiting those topics, best to stay away.

But the real discomfort is in Holt's critiques of the schools vis a vis race and poverty. The intrinsic promise of the schools is that they will make children into better, productive adults, and that our community/society/country will be better off for it. Holt provides evide
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Anne
Jan 27, 2014 rated it liked it
extremely dated, but the kernels about the importance of finding a different way to teach and learn are still very true. it is helpful and reassuring to be able to read the words of someone who feels the same way about the state of schooling....
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Jul 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Wow - if the shifts in society that Holt describes could ever happen, it would be wonderful.
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Some of what he says I strongly agree with. Worth rereading and highlighting relevant passages.
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