from Childhood - (1974, 1981) A powerful sketch of
imagination about the liberation of young people from
adult-dominated, youth-demonized society. Holt identifies many
of the sources of children's oppression and proposes radical
alternatives, including plans for children's educational,
familial, economic, and political freedom.
Children Learn - (1967, 1983, 1985)
not need to be made to learn," Holt maintains, because each is
born with what Einstein called "the holy curiosity of inquiry."
For them, learning is as natural as breathing. How Children Learn has become a classic for parents and
teachers, providing an "effective, gentle voice of reason"
Children Fail - (1964, 1982, 1985) this book has helped two generations
of parents and teachers understand what actually happens in the
classroom. Holt's astute observation of children, his clear
simple style, and his lifelong conviction that we can do better
by our children make How Children Fail an enduring classic.
Do I Do Monday? - (1970, 1995)
A wonderful book about teaching
young children the basics; reading, writing and math. Where "How
Children Learn" and "How Children Fail" developed a philosophy
of education, this volume details how Mr. Holt put his
philosophy to work in the classroom. Full of descriptions of
actual exercises you can try with kids, either in school or at
home, that encourage learning without sacrificing creativity or
future problem solving abilities. If you're looking for more
theory on education, pass this one up for now. But if you're
ready to apply some of the insights of a brilliant thinker and
observer of children, read this book, and be prepared to take
All the Time -
Unschooling cannot be attained
through recipes of course, since every child and family is
different. But Holt thoughtfully and sensitively manages to
share his devotions and insights about learning, children and
life in general so clearly that even the most hesitant parent
can gain confidence in his and her child's ability to unschool.
The book is a collection of essays about many facets of learning
and educational subjects (the three R's, science, music). Holt's
profound observations help not only to understand how children
tackle these subjects but also to gain a better understanding of
these subjects ourselves.
A Life Worth Living: The Selected Letters of John Holt
Teach Your Own: A New and Hopeful Path for Education -
edition of the home education classic. First published in 1981,
Teach Your Own has helped thousands of people from all over the
world to start homeschooling. This edition omits just three
chapters which dealt with homeschooling laws in North America;
now that homeschooling is legal throughout Canada and the US
this information is outdated. However, the timeless insights
into how children learn that Holt writes, and his perspective on
homeschooling as being completely different from just school at
home, make this book more timely, useful, and important than
The Underachieving School.
Freedom and Beyond
- (1972, 1995).
Instead of Education: Ways to Help People
Do Things Better - (1976,
Never Too Late: My Musical Life Story
- (1978, 1991).
Teach Your Own: A Hopeful Path for
Education - (1981) also called
Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book of
Homeschooling - (2003).
Learning All the Time: How small children
begom to read. write, count, and investigate the world, without
begin taught - (1989, 1990).