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How Children Fail

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John Holt (1923-1985) was a teacher in the American school system before becoming one of the foremost advocates for homeschooling. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Publisher: Pitman Learning (June 1982)
  • ISBN-10: 9992169486
  • ISBN-13: 978-9992169483
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,960,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An amazingly insightful look at how children cope as they move through the years at school. Ever wonder why your kid(s) stop asking a million questions as they get older? Or wonder how he or she can be so smart about things outside of school but do poorly in class? John Holt puts into words feelings I had had about school as a youth, and then again as a teacher, but which I never allowed to develop into more than transient thoughts. If you follow this author's life work, it can open up a whole new way of looking at children and learning, parenting, and interpersonal relationships within families through what has become known as "unschooling." Life changing.
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Holt analyzes the classroom situation--in detail--taking care to think of the children, where they are coming from, decoding their emotions, understanding their fears. This reads more like a case study than an essay; Holt watches and records, speculating about why the children respond as they do in certain situations. Most of us don't have the patience to sit and watch, but he's done this meticulously, kept records, than allowed us to see. I found it difficult to argue with his conclusions because they followed so naturally from the incidents he observed. This book provides an opportunity for educators to rethink their procedures, and mandates that we consider the children first. The level of detail may be too much for the casual reader, but this is excellent material for anyone who works with children.
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