Posts Tagged ‘Growing Without Schooling’

Just a quick note that today on the anniversary of John Holt’s death, Pat Farenga and associates have updated and improved their longstanding website chronicling Holt’s unschooling work.  You can find the site’s homepage here.

In addition to many other wonderful historical resources, the site has every back issue of every year of Growing Without Schooling, the first national newsletter about homeschooling and the most important historical resource extant for the early years of the homeschooling movement.  If you’ve never read through any of it I highly recommend doing so–Holt’s writing is lively and compelling, and many of the issues with which he was wrestling in the late 1970s continue to have resonance today.  Issue 1 begins in August of 1977, and the final issue takes you to December of 2001.  Most remarkably, it’s all free, just as Holt would have wanted it to be.

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This post reviews Roland Meighan, John Holt (London: Continuum, 2007).

Roland Meighan, a British intellectual/activist and the driving force behind Educational Heretics Press, (whose website houses an archive of his articles), here provides a guide to the educational writings of John Holt, a leading American critic of public education in the 1960s, who in the late 1970s became the key public voice of the homeschooling movement for nearly a decade.  (more…)

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