September 2012

Instead of Education

Holt’s book is outdated but still rings true.

I’ve been making my way through John Holt’s books about education and respecting children lately, and I wondered by I couldn’t find a copy of his book Instead of Education. Surely it would be at one local library, at least?

I requested an interlibrary loan of the book and discovered why quickly. The book itself was ancient, bound in hardback and appearing quite aged, and rightfully so—and its material was a bit obsolete. Don’t misinterpret this as Holt’s message being obsolete; it could not be more relevant today as it was in the 1970s, if not more so.