- Publisher: Holt Associates (September 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0913677043
- ISBN-13: 978-0913677049
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4.2 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,959,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Escape from Childhood Paperback – September, 1996
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Our culture too readily encourages parents, and adults in general, to use their voice in a excessively authorative manner which only serves to bully and demean children. No one would want to be spoken to or treated in such a condensending manner. This book will open your eyes to the damage we are doing to our beloved kids when we accept the cultural standard way of parenting. Highly recommended!
On the whole, Holt presents an argument profoundly sensitive to the plight of children without ever letting himself or his readers descend into sentimentality. My criticisms of the work, were I to list them, would be mostly technical in nature. With post-Columbine hysteria steadily turning schools more and more prison-like and innovations like the V-chip and Internet filters increasing in popularity, _Escape_ is just as relevant today as it was in 1974, if not more so. It's shameful that books like this are so difficult to find and so often out of print.
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I've read a few of John Holt's books (How Children Fail (Classics in Child Development), How Children Learn (Classics in Child Development), The Underachieving School), and to my... Read morePublished on March 28, 2013 by Kevin Currie-Knight
Holt's "Escape from Childhood" is most pro children's equality book ever, more grounded than philosophy, more empathy than fantasy or principles. Read morePublished on August 18, 2012 by Michael B. Sprague
This book was published around the time when Americans were just getting used to the idea of the legal age of adulthood being lowered from 21 to 18. Read morePublished on March 11, 2012 by othoniaboys
When it comes to childrens rights this wonderful being is right on target! I love all of his books! Very eye opening! I love his overall love of children. Read morePublished on March 9, 2011 by Earth Goddess
More than twenty years after I first discovered it, I still consider this one of the most influential books I've ever read. Read morePublished on November 4, 2009 by Chris J. Miller
I heard this quote in reference to the book, and then read this quote from another reviewer: The quotation was from 'Escape from Childhood' page 1: "I propose... Read morePublished on June 25, 2007 by Derek's Voice
A longtime teacher Holt cared very much for the children he taught. He had a clear sense of how they were oppressed at home and in the school- system. Read morePublished on April 4, 2007 by Shalom Freedman
This guy is a psycho-boomer looney. His book serves best as kindling.Published on December 26, 2001 by James M. Bernard