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Books and materials for free downloading about homeschooling, unschooling, and learning outside of school. Books and articles about unschooling math. The term “unschooling” likely derives from Ivan Illich’s term “deschooling”, and was coined by education philosopher John Holt who is. In , Marlene Bumgarner, a homeschooling parent, hosted author John Holt in her home while he was in California for a lecture tour. While he played in the.

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Even if children do learn in school to despise, fear, and even hate children from other social groups, holy they not hate them even more if they did not meet them in school?

John Holt (educator)

To learn to know oneself, and to find a life worth living and work worth doing, is problem and challenge enough, without having to waste time on the fake and unworthy challenges of school – pleasing the teacher, staying out of trouble, fitting in with the gang, being popular, doing what everyone else does.

You do not have to know everything they want to know, or be interested in everything they are interested in. One might almost count it among the major benefits of being rich that you are able to avoid having your children taught by such teachers.

Once, people said that the suburbs were the best of all possible worlds in which to bring up children; now it is the fashion to say they are the worst. A Chicago second grade teacher once told me that in her bottom-track class of poor non-white children were two or three who were exceptionally good at schoolwork. When I handed it in to the teacher I expected her to be pleased, if not genuinely excited. A fairly small group of people, educational bureaucrats at the state and federal level, who largely control what schools say and do, are more and more using the schools to promote whatever ideas they happen to think will be good for the children, or the country.

If we say, as many would like to, that people can tell their children anything they want, as long as it is true, we come back to our first question – who decides what is true? Some kids are bookish, some children like to build things, some are more mathematical or computerish, or artistic, or musical, or whatever.

Of course, a child may not know what he may need to know in ten years who does? The dismal record of the schools is proof enough of this. When they see that something they are doing is hurting their child, they unshoolingno matter how good may have been their reasons for doing it. One of the main differences between a free country and a police state, I always thought, was that in a free country, as long as you obeyed the law, you could believe whatever you liked.


To whom would we then give the power to decide which ideas were good and which bad? If you are going to have to spend unachooling days doing busywork to relieve adult anxieties, better do it in school, where you only have one-thirtieth of the teacher’s anxieties, rather than at home, where you have all of your parent’s.

How do parents handle this? And it was a rare day indeed in my schooling when I got fifteen minutes of teaching, that uunschooling, of concerned and thoughtful adult talk about something that I found interesting, puzzling, or important.

Does it sometimes happen that a homeschooling student will express a desire to go to or return to traditional schooling? If there were no other reason for wanting to keep kids out of school, the social life would be reason enough. Join our unschooling community and share your self-education journey in our Facebook Group: Persons Adam Fletcher activist David J. An even more horrifying example joyn the way this discrimination works can be found in the article “Student Social Class and Teacher Expectation: How are we going to prevent parents with narrow and bigoted ideas from passing these on to their children?

What is your philosophy of learning? While he played in the garden with her two children, John and Dona Ana, she interviewed him for the bimonthly magazine Mothering. The children just partake in the life of the adults wherever they are, and then questions are answered as they come up. In any case, the schools’ efforts to sell children the higher culture seldom work, since they obviously value it so little themselves.

Human beings have been sharing information and skills, and passing along to their children whatever they knew, for about a million years now.

They’re both wondering what they should be doing. The important question, how can people learn to feel a stronger sense of kinship or common humanity with others who are different, is for me best answered by a story about John L. John Caldwell Holt April 14, — September 14, was an American author and educator, a proponent of homeschooling and, specifically, the unschooling approach, and a pioneer in youth rights theory.

These two jobs can’t be done in the same place at the same time. I think there are legal counters to this, strategies that would make it highly unlikely that a court would take such action. My work is to help it grow. I was a good student, the kind that teachers like to talk to. It was sadism and I found it to be almost irresistible. This website uses cookies so that we can provide you with the best user experience possible.


He has never returned to the subject, but usnchooling this day retains every bit of it because it hlot at a moment in development and fantasy that was meaningful to him.

If we agree – as I think and hope we do – that there is no one in government or anywhere else whom we would trust to decide that, then it follows that we can’t give schools the right to tell all children that some ideas are true and others are not.

I think I know enough about most high schools in this country to say there is very little mingling of people from different backgrounds, different religious groups. Any one act was insignificant: And if worse came to worst, and a court said, “Put your children back in school or we’ll take them away,” you can always put them back in while you plan what to do next – which might simply be to move to another state or even school or judicial district.

This is essentially what the U. Some kinds of community gathering places and activities might help us form this social glue. By and large, human beings tend to behave worse in large groups, like you find in school.

Holt did not have a teaching degree, which many believe allowed for his work in the private school sector to make way for him to have a more objective opinion on the American school system. Whether children resist such demands or yield to them, it is bad for them.

A Conversation with John Holt – The Natural Child Project

My advice is always to let the interests and the inclinations of the children determine what happens and to give children access to as much of the parents’ lives and the world around them as possible, given your own circumstances, so that children have the widest possible range of things to look at and think about.

What about suburbanites with modern-convenienced homes and fathers who work for a company 10 jojn 12 hours a day away from home? We do hopt such a glue, certainly in big diverse countries like the U. Right now, the main social glue we seem to have here in the U.