John caldwell holt

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  • 1. John Caldwell Holt
    April 14, 1923-September 14, 1985
  • 2. The Road to Education…
    "... the things I'm supposed to know so much about I never learned in schools."
    Growing up:
    1920’s New England
    Private Schools
    University
    Navy
    5th Grade Teaching
    Differences in toddlers vs. ten year olds
    Children in school vs. children
    at home
    Boston
    Met Bill Hull
    Educational research
    John C. Holt
    William E. “Bill” Hull
  • 3. Publications of John Holt; How Children Fail
    http://iwcenglish1.typepad.com/Documents/Holt_How_Children_Fail.pdf
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TS8OEhxjtzk
    4:34-5:18
    Published in 1964
    Focuses on how Public
    schools failing:
    Children love to learn, but not taught
    Striving for “right” answers
    Game of school
    Only look for formal reasoning
  • 4. How Children Learn
    http://www.foti-peter.hu/holt/hcl.pdf
    Published in 1967
    Focuses on how children learn:
    Organic process of learning
    Process of “unschooling”
    Appealing to the student
    H-O-R-S-E
    John C. Holt
  • 5. Connections to Dewey
    Excerpt from How Children Learn: “What teachers and learners need to know is what we have known for some time: first, that vivid, vital, pleasurable experiences are the easiest to remember, and secondly, that memory works best when unforced, that it is not a mule that can be made to walk by beating it.”
    Founding theories for Holt
    Theories are concrete, but
    application isn’t practical
    John Dewey
  • 6. Later Years
    Previous works republished (1982, 1983)
    “To a very great degree, school is a place where children learn to be stupid.”
    Advocate of Home Schooling
    More publications (many not listed here)
  • 7. Works Cited
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Holt_(educator)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_Children_Fail
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_Children_Learn