How Children Learn (Classics in Child Development) Paperback – 4 Sep 1995
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About the Author
John Holt (1927-1985), one of this country's leading educational and social critics, was the author of ten influential books which have been translated into fourteen languages. Known both as a passionate reformer and as "the gentle voice of reason" (Life magazine), John Holt offers insights into the nature of learning that are more relevant today than ever before.
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Its surprising (and somewhat daunting) to realise just how many people (including my own parents) have been misguided so deeply in thinking that sending their own children to school is the best way for children to grow up learning and becoming smarter, useful people in the society. What's worse is that some parents think that school is *the* only proper way of educating kids, and they would never entertain any thoughts of educating their own kids themselves - with care and attention. They just leave it to the school teachers in school (who by the way, are often too overburdened with work to provide enough individualised attention to pupils.Read more ›
This is one of the most approachable of Holt's books, although many of them are worth the effort.
I couldn't put the book down the moment I started reading the first page. I was constantly aware that this book was first written some 30 odd years ago so I often reminded myself to look out for points of the author that might come across as irrelevant in today's time, but I couldn't - based on my personal experience learning as a child and right through my high school days and from my observation of school-going kids today. The author's keen observation and conclusion of the children he was in contact with were generally as relevant as what I could relate to today as someone who has been a child, then a student and now a mother.
His writing is concise and yet engaging - there were light moments when I actually laughed reading his description of the toddlers or children he was observing but the conclusion he drew from that particular scene that I found funny was not the least light at all, but rather sobering.
After finishing this book, I see my son in a different light now where I am more appreciative of his mischief and incessant curiosity. This book has definitely moved me...
times. It's full of love for children and intellectual
curiosity. It contains very stimulating thought about learning,
about curiosity, and
about what really happens to children in school. If
nothing else, it gave me unsightful perspective to
my own early years in school.
John Holt's approach is narrative rather than strictly research-based, but I was interested to read 'Young Children Learning' by Hughes & Tizard shortly afterwards - a classic social science study of the way young children learn. The findings of the research were very, very similar to John Holt's observations.
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This, along with How Children Fail, was required reading for me as an 18 year old, prior to entering teacher training college, back in 1972. Read morePublished 6 months ago by trumbles mum
Very outdated. Was told to read by a family member who recommended it but it is just horribly outdatedPublished 10 months ago by sezzie_v
I love this book, John Holt is such a sensitive, observant teacher! he is not afraid to revise his first impressions and correct himself a posteriori for the reader's benefitPublished 13 months ago by Elena Umaran
Really good, and extremely useful in practical application. He's a great speaker and writer, with no fear of stating things 'as they are' with clarity and honesty, based on his... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Katy
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