Holt: On value of schools

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This reference is used to annotate "I would never send my kids to school" (2017) by Piotr Wozniak

Why homeschooling?
The great advantage is intimacy, control of your time, flexibility of schedule, and the ability to respond to the needs of the child, and to the inclinations. If the child is feeling kind of tired or out of sorts, or a little bit sick, or kind of droopy in spirits, okay, we take it easy, and things go along very calmly and easily. When the child is full of energy and rambunctious, then we tackle big projects, we try tough stuff, we look at hard books. And I think schools could do much more than they do in this kind of flexibility, but in fact they don't. I don't see homeschooling as some kind of answer to badness of schools. I think that the home is the proper base for the exploration of the world which we call learning or education. Home would be the best base no matter how good the schools were. The proper relationship of the schools to home is the relationship of the library to home, or the skating rink to home. School is a supplementary resource

Quoted excerpts come from the following reference:

Title: A Conversation with John Holt (1980)

Interviewer: Marlene Bumgarner

Link: http://www.naturalchild.org/guest/marlene_bumgarner.html

Backlink: John Holt