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Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book Of Homeschooling Paperback – April 17, 2003
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"For many parents this book is an indispensable handbook for educating their children at home." -- Austin Family July, 2003
"[An] enduring homeschooling classic...A landmark work...This book is indispensable." -- Home Schooling Today December 2003
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Now I know better having read John Holt, a sweet, caring man and a wonderful writer. He's radical, but he never rants. He persuades, gently, eloquently. He learns through years of careful, loving observation and by trial and error and he shares that with you in a way that makes it seem as though he's one of your oldest, most comfortable friends. He reminds you of what you went through in school. He makes sense. He's fun to read. And you know he's right as you read him, because we have all gone to school.
I didn't like the 'new' version. I bought this to learn from Holt, not read someone's 'commentary." I grew frustrated that instead of letting me read what Holt wrote, there was a ton of the new author stating "Holt said in Teach your own...."
Also, I didn't like that Farenga cut out big chunks of the book. ie he decided that we didn't 'need' to know about the histories of court rulings, and in one instance took the parent testimonials that Holt had used in one section the original book and added 'more modern
I got so frustrated that I bought a used copy of the original from Amazon. I got it yesterday and have read almost all of it. The original is really great.
The 'new' version reads as if was written by someone who really doesn't like unschooling.
I would recomend the 'classic' version!
They don't trust him. First of all, he doesn't have a great deal of respect for established curricula, schedules, standardized tests and the other trappings of classroom education. A real teacher looks at each kid is an individual challenge, and does the best with every one of them. Administrators hate that. It is said that in France, a Minister of Education boasted that one any given November 5 he could walk into any eighth grade history classroom in France and know what was being taught. It seems that all pedagogues like that kind of control, and hate the maverick who would challenge it.
Teachers generally belong to unions. Unions demand equal pay for everybody, which they justify with the assumption that all workers are interchangeable. A teacher who is visibly effective and loved by his students is a threat to that comfortable assumption, and hence to the whole system. Only a few schools, mostly private or charter, can tolerate such personalities, and even then only up to a degree. I say this wryly; I taught private school after I retired, and only one headmaster out of ten was able to deal with the fact that I did it because I enjoyed it, and what he paid me did not give him control over my life. Thanks, David Schapiro.
Holt's book is dated.Read more ›
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I LOVE this book. The preface alone is worth the buy. Such a encouraging book. I am a homeschooling mama so this is particularly helpful. Read morePublished 2 months ago by PrairieGirl
Considering homeschooling my son in a few years. I love this book sharing the ideals of Mr. Holt written by a husband/wife duo who worked for Holt and had never considered... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you have been contemplating the idea of homeschooling or if you are a new homeschool parent, then you NEED to read this book! :) John Holt has such a beautiful mind.Published 8 months ago by Cheyenne Anderson
I love this book. I've read a few times now because it is an awesome reminder of how to be who we were created to be!Published 10 months ago by April Billingsley