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How Children Fail

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2006

    Damn Holt, What a Great Book

    While Holt's book, How Children Fail, strongly criticizes our schools, it is an accurate record of what goes on behind classroom doors. Parents may think their kids are learning in school but do they ever wonder whether the children are really sinking it all in? Holt does an amazing job in describing how schools fail to expand the youths' minds. He is knowledgable in the field of education and has some intelligent views on what should be changed in our school systems today. I give this piece of fine literature two thumbs up!

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

    A Book that was a Real Revelation!

    From the beginning, Mr. Holt revealed why children behave in ways so typical in the schools even today in these modern times. It was so astoundingly true and I always wondered why as a schoolteacher I could not motivate some of them. He really nailed it for me. This book was so well organized and written as a diary with dates throughout the whole book. As he laid out in the beginning the strategies we all use when we do not understand why someone is wanting us to do something, I could relate to my own childhood as to why I was so very, very shy in school. It made so much commonsense. Even when I retired some 6 years ago from teaching, I could see clearly after reading this book all that had happened and the causes. If I could ever go back to teaching after reading this book, I know I would do many things different. I highly recommend all professionals particularly teachers and administrators who work in the schools to read this book. It could change our whole educational system for the better.

    As I was reading this book, so many things reminded me of the Nonviolent Communication technique as taught by Marshall B. Rosenberg. Many ideas about the problems in the schools were also pointed out similarly by Dr. Rosenberg. Furthermore, as Marshall pointed out the key to making a change in the schools is not the blame of people, but rather the whole structural system. Through application of the Nonviolent Communication technique we now know how we can bring more understanding of everyone's needs we are basically trying to get met.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2006

    Johnnnnny Holt

    The book How Children Fail by John Holt really goes into depth on the different strategies of teaching. He talks about different issues that arise in a teacher's day and different ways to go about solving those issues. I believe that overall this was a great book. These views can really help our youth get the most out of education. I feel that it is very beneficial to teachers and parents of school aged children. I believe Holt's thoughts and strategies were very realistic and great ideas.

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