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Growing Without Schooling: A Record of a Grassroots Movement, Vol. 1: August 1977 - December 1979 Paperback – February, 1997

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Growing Without Schooling, Vol. 1, is an important publishing event, destined to achieve archival status as the record this tiny journal wrote and continues to write (a record of grassroots human accomplishment in the face of pedagogical theories which deny that such events are even possible). Make no mistake, for all its quiet words and homely illustrations this is a revolutionary book you are holding. I envy you the amazement you will feel as you learn about the genius of children and parents in these pages and use what you learn to awaken possibilities in yourself." -- John Taylor Gatto, author of Dumbing Us Down

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Growing Without Schooling is celebrating its 20th anniversary of publication this August.
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  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Holt Associates (February 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0913677108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0913677100
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,949,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This volume is the first 12 issues of Growing Without Schooling reprinted in an easier-to-read font than the originals. These first newsletters were all written by Holt (versus staff writers) with the exception of some printed letters from readers. I have been subscribing to GWS for a few years but had never actually read anything written by Holt (who is now deceased). I was wonderfully delighted by these newsletters and could not put this book down.
These writings are a collection of subjects such as: suggesting homeschooling as an option to compulsory schooling, legal issues surrounding the ability to homeschool including having to make up one's own private school name, problems with formal schooling (public and private), how children learn naturally without much help from adults, and that children are capable of handling more responsibility than adults usually allow them to. Holt advises on how parents should deal with the school administrators such as when portfolio reviews are necessary. There is a good amount about the growing homeschooling movement and the legal issues; if that does not appeal to you then just skip over it and there is plenty of other information to make reading and buying this volume worthwhile. Holt includes some letters from readers and then responds, and other times he just prints up a response to issues raised by parents. Interspersed are ideas for ways to teach certain things better such as reading and writing and other useful tidbits. Holt also discusses various books that he has read and tells his opinions of them. Of note: these back issues are much more anti-school and negative in tone than the current issues of the magazine which focus more on just pro-homeschooling and are more of a positive attitude.
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