How Children Fail

Paperback | September 4, 1995

byJohn Holt

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First published in the mid 1960s, How Children Fail began an education reform movement that continues today. In his 1982 edition, John Holt added new insights into how children investigate the world, into the perennial problems of classroom learning, grading, testing, and into the role of the trust and authority in every learning situation. His understanding of children, the clarity of his thought, and his deep affection for children have made both How Children Fail and its companion volume, How Children Learn, enduring classics.

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Since its first publication in 1964, this book has helped two generations of parents and teachers understand what actually happens in the classroom. Holt's astute observation of children, his clear simple style, and his lifelong conviction that we can do better by our children make How Children Fail an enduring classic

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First published in the mid 1960s, How Children Fail began an education reform movement that continues today. In his 1982 edition, John Holt added new insights into how children investigate the world, into the perennial problems of classroom learning, grading, testing, and into the role of the trust and authority in every learning situa...

John Holt (1927-1985), one of this country's leading educational and social critics, was the author of ten influential books which have been translated into fourteen languages. Known both as a passionate reformer and as ”the gentle voice of reason” (Life magazine), John Holt offers insights into the nature of learning that are more rel...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.8 inPublished:September 4, 1995Publisher:Da Capo Books

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ISBN - 10:0201484021

ISBN - 13:9780201484021

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deeply insightful Holt sets out to describe, in plain language, his observations of what young children do in the classroom in response to our attempts to teach them. What comes out of this is the realization that too much of children's effort goes into either avoiding embarrassment or getting answers without understanding, and that in some ways we are encouraging this. Though Holt confines his descriptions exclusively to the education of young children, it becomes obvious that the behaviour he describes is carried by people through all of their lives. What starts out as a critical essay on primary education turns into a nearly universal commentary on how we think as adults and why we feel the way we do. An excellent book with a deceptively simple title.
Date published: 2000-12-01

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Since its first publication in 1964, this book has helped two generations of parents and teachers understand what actually happens in the classroom. Holt's astute observation of children, his clear simple style, and his lifelong conviction that we can do better by our children make How Children Fail an enduring classic