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.
Growing Without Schooling (GWS) is the first publication about learning outside of school, homeschooling, and unschooling founded by the late teacher and author John Holt. Published continuously from 1977 until 2001, the 143 issues of GWS are filled with practical, hands-on advice from parents and children who are living and learning in their homes and communities.
After years of working to change schools from within, author/teacher John Holt founded Growing Without Schooling magazine (1977–2001) to support self-directed education and learning outside of school. Each issue is a lively exchange among readers and Holt, packed with useful advice. This is the first volume in the complete collection, covering 1977 to 1981.
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?