How Children Fail
A few of my favorite quotes
A few good principles to keep in mind:
1 - Children do not need to be "taught" in order to learn; they will learn a great deal, and probably learn best, without being taught.
2 - Children are enormously interested in our adult world and what we do there.
3 - Children learn best when the things they learn are embedded in a context of real life, are part of what George Dennison, i ...more
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
“The very natural mistake that Bill and I made was to think that the differences between the children in our class had to do with techniques of thinking, that the successful kids had good techniques of thinking while the unsuccessful, the "producers," had bad, and therefore that our task was to teach better techniques. But the unsuccessf ...more
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
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".
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
"كيف يفشل الأطفال" هي مذكرات المُعلم جون هولت التي بدئها عام 1958 و -هو مُعلم و كاتب أمريكي عاش في الفترة بين 1923-1985 - للبحث عن هذه الإجابة . لماذا يفشل اللأطفال ؟ لماذا لا يُطور الأطفال في المدارس إلا جزء ضئيل جداً من قدراتهم على التعلم و التي تتجلى بوضوح في الثلاث سنوات الأولى حيث يتعلم الأطفال مهارات حيوية مثل الكلام و المشي وحدهم ؟ كيف يُفكر الأطفال ؟ و كيف يحدث هذا الفشل ؟ كل هذه الأسئلة كان يحاول هولت أن يبحث عن إجابات لها. في البداية كان ي...more
If you were a poor student, you will identify with this book. If you were a “troublesome” student who exasperated your teachers, you will identify with this ...more
The book tells about various strategies that children adopt to manage their fears and to satisfy the idea of being a 'good' student for th ...more
The author makes a basic case that children 'fail' to learn in school, because we try to 'teach', using fear as our ally. The teaching is bad enough, but we make it worse by teaching them topics which they might not be interested in, and in ways which are artificial and abstract.
I agree whole heartedly with the premise, its something I had been feeling more and more over the last two decades, and found myself really hurtling to that conclusion ever since I saw s growi ...more
A few takeaways:
- "children fail because they are afraid, confused, and bored:" this seems like a pretty helpful framework, not only for thinking about the circumstances in which children disengage, but also for thinking about how ...more
I started reading this because I am a teacher and although I already knew most ideas and principles Holt states in this book, I enjoyed reading the book because Holt's stories with children actually show us how schools affect children negatively.
When I was reading the conclusion, I recognized myself as a "dull kid". I'm in my t ...more
Other books in the series
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.”