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The Legacy of John Holt: A Man Who Genuinely Understood, Trusted, and Respected Children

The Legacy of John Holt: A Man Who Genuinely Understood, Trusted, and Respected Children


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The Legacy of John Holt contains sixteen portraits of a radical teacher and writer whose ten books and work influenced schoolteachers and homeschoolers to help children learn in their own ways.

Written by friends, colleagues, and homeschoolers who knew Holt personally, this book sheds new light on a unique person in American education, one whose work continues to inspire today's homeschooling, unschooling, and alternative school movements around the world.

People who knew Holt from his college days until his death share stories and details about him that bring his quiet but forceful personality to life for readers and present his ideas about children and learning as part of their own lives, not just theory.

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ISBN-13: 9781732188518
Publisher: HoltGWS LLC
Publication date: 06/07/2013
Pages: 166
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.35(d)

About the Author

Farenga began work at Holt Associates in 1981 and became publisher of Growing Without Schooling magazine in 1985, when Holt died, until 2001, when it ceased publication. Farenga continues to write books and articles about learning outside of school, as well as speak at and organize conferences and seminars about homeschooling, unschooling, and Holt's ideas. He also appears on national television and in the news as a homeschooling expert.

Carlo Ricci is a professor of education and currently teaches in the Graduate Program at the Schulich School of Education, Nipissing University. He edits and founded the Journal of Unschooling and Alternative Learning and has written and edited a number of books on education topics.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction by Kirsten Olson

Learner-Managed Learning by Roland Meighan

Music Comes Naturally and Technique Can Come Later by Vita Wallace

King of the Renegade Philosophers: Interview with Bud, Strobe, and Kirk Talbott, and Alec Clowes

We Drag Mathematics About until Everyone Is Put to Sleep: Interview with Berrien Moore

Cracker-Barrel Writing by Thomas Armstrong

Learner-Centered Schools by Jerry Mintz

A Close Family Friend by Peggy Hughes

What Else Do You See? by Merloyd Lawrence

The Nickel and Dime Theory about Social Change by Wendy Priesnitz

Photographs of John Holt

John Holt and The Politics of Homeschooling by Susan and Larry Kaseman

Going to Court and Changing the Law for Homeschooling by Theo Giesy

John Holt Saved My Life by Peter A. Bergson

A Friend Who Nurtured Learning by Patrick Farenga

What I’m Left With by Susannah Sheffer

A Man Who Saw Things Clearly by Aaron Falbel

Homeschooling Makes It Easier for Your Life to Be All of a Piece by Jenny Wright

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