Provoking thoughts about education #1: ‘How Children Fail’ overview

Quote #1 from 'How Children Fail'

Twenty seconds to really make you think #1: ‘How Children Fail’ overview.

As we’re all stuck inside thanks to corona virus (2020), I thought I’d share some provocative thoughts from the book I’m reading at the moment: ‘How Children Fail’ by John Holt. It’s about his work in primary schools in the 50s and 60s, but how much of it is true for schools and further education today. Do we never learn? I’ll post one a day.

How Children Fail analyzes the ways in which schools foster bad strategies, raise student’s fears, produce learning which is usually fragmentary, distorted, and short-lived, and generally fail to meet the real needs of children.’

[John Holt, (1964) ‘How Children Fail’: Penguin, Page 3]


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