John Holt (1923–1985) was the bestselling author of How Children Fail, How Children Learn, Learning All the Time, Teach Your Own, and six other books about education. He was an important figure in the school reform movement of the 1960s, as well as the children's rights movement of the 1970s, and a founder of the homeschooling movement when he published Growing Without Schooling magazine in 1977.
The Legacy of John Holt: A Man Who Genuinely Understood, Trusted, and Respected Children (HoltGWS, 2013) contains the latest information about Holt's life, work, and influence.
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Escape From Childhood: The Needs and Rights of Children
by John Holt
Children are kept in the walled garden of childhood, outside the world of human experience, for longer periods than ever before in human history. But for many children and parents, the walled garden of childhood is more like a prison, where authorities compel and limit personal actions. What if children had the right to do, in general, what any adult may legally do?
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