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John Holt

John Caldwell Holt (April 14, 1923-September 14, 1985) was an American author and educator, and a pioneer in youth rights theory. At the urging of his sister, Holt became a fifth grade teacher. After several years of teaching in Colorado he moved to Boston where he met fellow teacher Bill Hull, and they decided to start a classroom observation project; one would teach, while the other would watch.
The notes and journal entries Holt accumulated during his first eleven years of teaching formed the core of two of his most popular books How Children Fail and How Children Learn, as well as his less-known and more radical work, Escape from Childhood: The Rights and Needs of Children. These three books detailed the foundational ideas of Holt's philosophy of education. He held that the primary reason children did not learn in schools was fear: fear of getting the wrong answers, fear of being mocked by the teacher and classmates, fear of not being good enough. This was worsened, he maintained, by children being forced to study things that they were not necessarily interested in.
The above information was taken from the Holt article on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, based on the GNU Free Documentation License.

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Growing Without Schooling a website dedicated to the writings of John Holt
Book excerpt: Common Objections to Homeschooling by John Holt
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