John Holt

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John Caldwell Holt (1923 – 1985) was an educator and a pioneer of unschooling. A great deal of ideas presented in this book were mentioned in Holt's books as early as half a century ago. He believed that no school can ever compete with home school, and that schools should be a supplementary resource as much as a library.

Holt developed his original views about schooling while being a reluctant teacher. He was fired from three schools for his belief in the harm of testing. He was inspired by close observation of children which lead him to believe in their innate goodness. In line with modern understanding of the socialization process, he believed that child's destiny is largely shaped by its environment. Consequently, the pathology of school can leave a lasting imprint on the personality of a student.

Holt was emphatic about child's rights:

A person’s freedom of learning is part of his freedom of thought, even more basic than his freedom of speech. If we take from someone his right to decide what he will be curious about, we destroy his freedom of thought

Holt spoke about the adult unempathetic annoyance with kids:

All that energy and foolishness, all that curiosity, questions, talk, all those fierce passions, inconsolable sorrows, immoderate joys, seem to many a nuisance to be endured, if not a disease to be cured. To me they are a national asset, a treasure beyond price, more necessary to our health and our very survival than any oil or uranium or–name what you will

This glossary entry is used to explain "I would never send my kids to school" (2017-2024) by Piotr Wozniak

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