Posts Tagged ‘ Teach Your Own ’

The Roots of Homeschooling

The Roots of Homeschooling

In her editorial for the July-August issue of Home Education Magazine, HEM publisher Helen Hegener explains the roots of the homeschooling movement in the U.S., beginning with John Holt’s astute observation in How Children Learn, “… the human animal is a learning animal; we like to learn; we are good at it; we don’t...
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The DeSchoolers of the 1960's

The DeSchoolers of the 1960's

Some of the most radical and free-thinking educational critics of the 20th century said that we go to school to “be instructed on our own inferiority.” Schools As Colonizers: The Deschoolers of the 1960s, by Kirsten Olsen (VDM Verlag Dr. Mueller e.K., 2008) examines the problems of institutionalized education from the vantage of the...
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Homeschooling Dad

Homeschooling Dad

The other morning, Myles, our six-year-old, stood precariously with one foot on a counter stool and the other on the counter’s edge. He was writing on the kitchen calendar with a very determined look. I made a mental note to lower the calendar to kid height, then stepped forward to read his entry. “Do...
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Interview: Pat Farenga

Interview: Pat Farenga

Helen Hegener interviewed Patrick Farenga in 1997. Patrick had worked at Holt Associates since 1981, the year John Holt’s landmark book on homeschooling, Teach Your Own, was first published. He started off as a volunteer, packing books, answering phones, filling subscriptions, and typing up John Holt’s correspondence off tapes he dictated. Patrick became president...
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In Context: John Holt

In Context: John Holt

An Interview with John Holt, by Robert Gilman, The Way Of Learning (IC#6) Summer 1984: John Holt is a leading spokesperson for what he would describe as “growing without schooling.” How he came to this is a fascinating story that I’d like him to tell in his own words by using the following adapted...
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