Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Have you read any John Holt?

“So many people have said to me, ‘If we didn’t make children do things, they wouldn’t do anything.’ Even worse, they say, ‘If I weren’t made to do things, I wouldn’t do anything.’

It is the creed of a slave.

When people say that terrible thing about themselves, I say, ‘You may believe that, but I don’t believe it. You didn’t feel that way about yourself when you were little. Who taught you to feel that way?’ To a large degree, it was school.”

~John Holt, How Children

Ronnie brought this to her blog from Unschooling.info, where Rue posted it.

It got me to thinking about why we decided to take our kids out of school.

I could see the light going out in Alec's eyes. He didn't even want to get up in the morning. It was so obvious in him.

Pretty amazing.


Tina H. said...

Exactly. I wish I had never gone to school myself. Sigh..

suchlovelyfreckles said...

I love John Holt... one of the people I wish I could have met.
But I met Mary Griffith and Scott Noelle last weekend, and LOVED it! You can read it on my blog, if you care to visit. :)

Love the song "Falling Slowly" by the way. I could listen to that all day and never get tired of it. (Or maybe not?)

So glad to have found your blog. I'll add you to my blogroll, so I don't forget visiting often. :)