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How Children Learn

by John Holt - £11.99  Penguin (1983)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780140136005 | ISBN 10: 0140136002

"Children do not need to be made to learn, told what to learn, or shown how...If we give them access to enough of the world, including our own lives and work in that world, they will see what things are truly important to us and to others, and they will make for themselves a better path into that world than we could make for them." John Holt's follow-up to "How Children Fail" suggests that teachers stand back from their pupils in order to allow the learning process to operate more successfully. Learning is as natural as breathing. The ways we learn to talk, to read, to count and to reason, even before we start school, should make the adult trust the child's innate ability. Originally published in 1967, Holt's revised edition questioned a lot of his original assumptions and is even more radical and thought-provoking.

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