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The Underachieving School is a collection of essays and articles written and compiled by Holt, each brimming with inspiration and ideas on how to teach. The Underachieving School has 49 ratings and 8 reviews. Jacqueline said: Excellent, one of the best and most enjoyable nonfictions I’ve ever read. Incred. THE UNDERACHIEVING SCHOOL John Holt was born in New York City on 14 April He was educated at a number of schools in the States and at Le.

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The economy of the school, like that of most societies, operates on greed and fear. For one thing, when you are in a place because you want to be there, you tend to behave in an appropriate way.

They were enacted to defend the right of children to an education against those adults who, in order to exploit them economically, would have denied it to them. The aim was to make the most daring skid and leave the longest mark. On the little cards you put the words or the pictures thr the child is going to look at. Soon requests for words were coming fast; as soon as I wrote one, someone asked me another.

Kids who hated being in school and therefore hated the school they were in. Most of the time the trouble lies deeper. This was translated into ways in which parents who had no experience in education could learn to teach their children on their own in a homeschooling setting. This, it seems to me, is how children may best learn to write and spell What can a parent do if a school, or a teacher, is spoiling the language for a child by teaching it in some tired old way?


The student who tries only to remember what is in his book will not even succeed in doing that. John rated it liked it Aug school, He comes across – or at scchool the essays he’s chosen ojhn publish in this collection – as one of these experts who is underahcieving on the side of the kids and never, ever, not never on the side of the teachers.

User Review – Flag as inappropriate This book belief that every child has capacity and it should be nourished. My sister answered that until this unnderachieving her boy had always loved reading, and had read a lot on his own; now he had stopped.

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There are many reasons for this. Few of us do. This book lays out arguments about how schools fail children and ideas for what to do about it. She was just waiting for that really pointed question – the one that would give her the right answer.

Our compulsory school attendance laws once served a humane and useful purpose. What about situations in which the child and his parents do not agree about the worth or harmfulness of the school? In he comes, this curious, patient, determined, energetic, skilful learner.

They do what they do because they hate the classroom and because the things they are asked to do there are boring and stupid. Why need it trouble us sot There is no reason, except to relieve our own anxieties and insecurity that we should constantly know what children are learning, or even why they are learning. Holt, do you really mean that? There is no need for them.

There is sometimes concern and regret that the school is not doing well enough by the child; much more often there jobn concern, and resentment, that the child is not doing well enough by the school. My proposal raises some thorny questions for which I do not have all the answers.


Is your book open to the proper page? The private paper has proved jkhn useful. Take the five-year-old faced with two equal beakers, each filled to the same level with water. Education is something a person gets for himself, not that which someone else gives or does to him.

John Holt (educator)

Just think – 1 never have to take English any more! At worst, it was a positive danger, and the sooner we were out of it, the better. John Holt thee minces words.

Again, late last summer, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, I watched about a half dozen little boys, poor, of Spanish- speaking families – the disadvantaged of the Southwest – playing tackle football with a wonderful young man from the city recreation department.

From this fundamental error – the idea that our understanding of reality is fundamentally verbal or symbolic, and that thinking, certainly in its highest form, is the manipulation of those symbols – flow many other errors, and not just in the classroom. But not one that should be the primary concern of educators, and certainly not one that justifies the kind of pressure for grades that is now bearing heavily on more and more children.

Let the kids watch you when you work, and if you feel like it, answer some of their questions, if they feel like asking any.