John Holt was a distinguished American educator, proponent of homeschooling and the unschooling approach, pioneer of youth rights theory and author. After working in the school system for several years, he got disillusioned with it. He started advocating homeschooling as he got convinced with the thought that reforming the school system was not possible. His stressed the point that children should be given the freedom to follow their own interests and should be given an assortment of resources. He believed that children should not be coerced into learning. This eventually led to the line of thought called ‘Unschooling’. In 1977, he founded ‘Growing Without Schooling’ which became America’s first home education newsletter. Following is a corpus of thoughts, opinions and viewpoints shared by John Holt which are used as quotable quotes and sayings. Zoom through the quotes and sayings by John Holt on future, child, problems, attention, fee, experience, leadership, homeschooling, parenting and more.
It's not that I feel that school is a good idea gone wrong, but a wrong idea from the word go. It's a nutty notion that we can have a place where nothing but learning happens, cut off from the rest of life.
We ask children to do for most of a day what few adults are able to do for even an hour. How many of us, attending, say, a lecture that doesn’t interest us, can keep our minds from wandering? Hardly any.