Je n'ai pas encore fini le livre, mais suis enthousiaste. Il comporte de nombreux témoignages et le "préfaceur" intervient souvent pour resituer les conditions d'aujourd'hui par rapport aux écrits de John Holt, décédé. Une grande remise en question de la scolarité de nos enfants, des matières enseignées, des rythmes imposés, etc. L'enfant par nature a envie d'apprendre, mais il est beaucoup plus autonome qu'on ne le pense. Que voulons-nous pour l'avenir ? Des enfants/adultes formatés pour récolter des distinctions à l'école et occuper les postes inventés par d'autres, ou des êtres capables d'inventer des lendemains ?
Well written, good explanations of Holt "unschooling", how it differs from deschooling or homeschooling. Many concrete exemples of families who chose to let their children learn Life, the Universe and Everything without the institutions who, as Ilich pointed well out, usually end up working the opposite way of what they were made for! A good book for every parent who would like to try alternatives to school and what to respond to people sharing another point of view.
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How People Learn18 mars 2004
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Do you remember what they taught you at school? Me neither. I learned to read very early on, mostly at home, and I still remember some math, but only because I balance my checkbook and know when I'm getting correct change at the market. All those years, isolated from the real world in the artificial environment of school, sitting at a desk all day with 30 of my same age peers, how was I to learn about what an actual life in the world is like, or about what I wanted to do with mine? I remember learning to take tests. Now I never take them. A lot of it was pleasant enough, some of it was not, most of it was boring, and somehow I never noticed that I was mostly wasting my time. Now I know better having read John Holt, a sweet, caring man and a wonderful writer. He's radical, but he never rants. He persuades, gently, eloquently. He learns through years of careful, loving observation and by trial and error and he shares that with you in a way that makes it seem as though he's one of your oldest, most comfortable friends. He reminds you of what you went through in school. He makes sense. He's fun to read. And you know he's right as you read him, because we have all gone to school.
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Disapointing10 avril 2009
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This is an totally new version of a classic book. Instead of the classic work of Holt, much of it is a 'commentary' by the new author.
I didn't like the 'new' version. I bought this to learn from Holt, not read someone's 'commentary." I grew frustrated that instead of letting me read what Holt wrote, there was a ton of the new author stating "Holt said in Teach your own...."
Also, I didn't like that Farenga cut out big chunks of the book. ie he decided that we didn't 'need' to know about the histories of court rulings, and in one instance took the parent testimonials that Holt had used in one section the original book and added 'more modern testimonials."
I got so frustrated that I bought a used copy of the original from Amazon. I got it yesterday and have read almost all of it. The original is really great.
The 'new' version reads as if was written by someone who really doesn't like unschooling.
I would recomend the 'classic' version!
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A treatise from the "granddaddy" of homeschooling29 mai 2000
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In this unofficial treatise for the homeschooling movement, John Holt, longtime private school teacher, maintains that the traditional classroom model no longer works and may, in fact, ruin kids for learning. He exhorts parents to challenge the conventional wisdom and be their children's teachers. You don't need to be a homeschooler to benefit from Holt's books; you simply need to care about children and education and to have uttered, if only once, "There's got to be a better way."
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CAUTION - WILL CHANGE YOUR FAMILY'S LIFE5 septembre 2007
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This single book completely transformed our family's plan for educating our child. After 3 years of perfectly normal, traditional (private and public) schooling, the light bulb went off and we are now embarking on the incredible journey of homeschooling. John Holt speaks such truth, and reminds us that all human beings are born naturally curious, wanting and able to learn. Imagine the potential of our world if each child spent 11,000 hours out in the real world, hungrily soaking up all that life has to offer, instead of sitting all day, being fed information to regurgitate with no apparent and immediate relation to their needs, their interests or their lives. Holt reminds us that "school" is a relatively new invention, and that earlier generations who could not only write exquisitely, invent, create, build and lead, were all schooled at home. Holt also helps every parent who has ever said "I could never homeschool my children" rethink the entire idea of being "the teacher". Rather, every parent can assume the role of "facilitator"... simply providing access, resources and examples... and watching the miracle of natural human development take off on its own. Take the journey. You will never look back.
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John Holt was a pioneer in unschooling and homeschooling12 mai 2011
Graham H. Seibert
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As I read about homeschooling, I found several references to this groundbreaking book. John Holt was an educator who traveled what has become a common path among educators. It starts with enthusiasm to teach, followed by the discovery that one is really good at it. The kids love you. Then, looking around, the educator discovers that the educational bureaucracy loves him a whole lot less than the kids do.
They don't trust him. First of all, he doesn't have a great deal of respect for established curricula, schedules, standardized tests and the other trappings of classroom education. A real teacher looks at each kid is an individual challenge, and does the best with every one of them. Administrators hate that. It is said that in France, a Minister of Education boasted that one any given November 5 he could walk into any eighth grade history classroom in France and know what was being taught. It seems that all pedagogues like that kind of control, and hate the maverick who would challenge it.
Teachers generally belong to unions. Unions demand equal pay for everybody, which they justify with the assumption that all workers are interchangeable. A teacher who is visibly effective and loved by his students is a threat to that comfortable assumption, and hence to the whole system. Only a few schools, mostly private or charter, can tolerate such personalities, and even then only up to a degree. I say this wryly; I taught private school after I retired, and only one headmaster out of ten was able to deal with the fact that I did it because I enjoyed it, and what he paid me did not give him control over my life. Thanks, David Schapiro.
Holt's book is dated. He devotes a great deal of it to strategies on how to beat the system, how to get your kids out from under compulsory education. In the second decade of the 21st century these battles have more or less been won. The failure of the public schools is so palpable, so widely recognized, that the school system will not put up a terrible struggle if you want to do it yourself. Also, the reasons which he so effectively advances for teaching your own kids are more generally agreed. Most of the concerns about homeschooling, such as the adequacy of the curriculum or the socialization of the children, have also pretty much been laid to rest. At least one generation of homeschoolers have gone through college now, and admissions officers generally like to see them. Still, I think you will find it worth having access to the chapter entitled "Common Objections To Homeschooling" to focus your own thoughts and to make your arguments to the grandparents, who may not understand.
The quarter-century since Holt's death has seen some major transformations in our society. Computers, and especially the Internet, have changed the way that everybody learns. Holt saw a bit of benefit in television. My personal judgment would be that the medium wasn't great even when he wrote, and it is worse now. I would attempt to keep kids away from television to the extent possible. And, in this day and age, I would add to that video games, mindless Internet surfing, Facebook, downloadable videos, music TV, and the thousands of other electronic distractions. In structuring a curriculum, I would recommend that parents read books on this electronic invasion, most particularly "The Shallows," which I also review. Read "The Dumbest Generation" for a litany of horrors of what is happening across the millennial generation, giving you all the more incentive to take control of your kids' education. And lastly, I would recommend the most persuasive book on taking control of your children's education, "An Underground History Of American Education" by John Gatto.