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Outdated, much not applicable to today
on August 28, 2012
At the time this book was written, I am sure it was cutting-edge stuff. However, in the digital age, many of the ideas were impractical. For example, making photocopies of books and movable libraries in old buses...the advent of e-books and the internet has solved the problem of lack of immediate access to reading materials and information. Plus, digital information is much more environmentally friendly when compared to driving a bus full of photocopied books. While some of the points made in this book were good (for example, a baby does not study walking before trying it out--he just does it), I found some contradicting philosophies. Holt states that he does not believe there are expert teachers, that anyone can and should be a teacher. He then contradicts himself when he describes how when learning dance, one can benefit from the trained eye and instruction of a master. So then, some teachers/structured disciplines are OK while others are not(?) Overall, this book seemed to miss the mark.