The Underachieving School is a collection of essays and articles written and compiled by Holt, each brimming with inspiration and ideas on how to teach. The Underachieving School has 49 ratings and 8 reviews. Jacqueline said: Excellent, one of the best and most enjoyable nonfictions I’ve ever read. Incred. THE UNDERACHIEVING SCHOOL John Holt was born in New York City on 14 April He was educated at a number of schools in the States and at Le.

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Am I watching the ball? Third, the colleges would say that unless they make entrance difficult by demanding high-test scores, they will have too many applicants to choose from. Outside forces hurry them along with no pause for breath or thought, for purposes not their own, to an unknown end. I suspect that most parents value the babysitting or jailing function of the school, and that any attempt to change the laws would meet with a good deal of opposition.

We all find our thoughts coming much faster than we can write them, and ever more so with practice. Soon they had made it into a very narrow and pointed diamond and were moving it around on the floor, pretending that it was a monster.

Maybe so – but no imaginable improvement in testing would overcome my objections to it. The law was passed to prevent such exploitation. The first stems from the limitations of language.

They just give you more things you have to do. We now know, from the experiences of many schools, rich suburban and poor city, that children are often the best teachers of other children. It means that, however many smiles there may be, however much the teacher may enjoy his material and want to get it across to the children, his primary function must be, by methods however subtle, to threaten and coerce.


It was all very dull, and my mind was wandering off to other things when suddenly my attention was jerked back to the classroom. The same is true when I buy a book, or go to a play, or a lecture, or a museum. The Agra Half Marathon – To earn points for your comment sign in now.

We make it almost certain to be the very opposite.

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However much they managed to say, answering his questions, he managed to say more in commenting on their answers and setting up his next question. I know other bright underachievint able boys and girls who have been, and are being, very much excited and stimulated at institutions that have much less prestige, or none at all.

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The Underachieving School by John Holt

Schools should be a resource, but not the only resource, from which children, but not only children, can take what they need and want to carry on the business of their own education. Celebrate year ending for a new.

Once underachievimg substituting in a first-grade underacheiving I thought that the children, who were just beginning to read and write, might enjoy some of the kind of free, nonstop writing that my fifth graders had. Imbued with renewed inspiration.

The Underachieving School

From then on, there was almost always one of the children hanging onto me, or riding on my shoulders, or trying to chin himself on my forearm, another good though for me tiring game. Even if our society comes to value knowledge of self more than knowledge of space, and all men become philosophers, which is in part the proper business hoolt us all, even if we know what we ourselves think, there will remain reasons why it will be difficult to know what other people, and particularly children, think.

If you know these master ideas, then it will be easy to find out or understand anything else you want to learn. It makes sure that the first to come are the first to get served. But existing our education system don’t belief that children obviously have the capacity.


Strategic document of Niti Aayog. My proposal raises some thorny questions for which I do not have all the answers. But many of the children still knew many of the words. The difference is not so fundamental or important, as the reformers like to think. There is no large market for the labor of young children; very few, if any, parents would want to keep their children home from school for economic reasons.

There are many reasons for thinking they cannot.

For a while she read a number of books on this level. One girl, who had just come to us from a school where she had had a very hard time, and underachievihg proved to be one of the most interesting, lively, and intelligent children I have ever known, looked at me steadily for a long time after I had finished.

My ‘lonely’ Christmas in. His final book, Learning All the Time: But we must look further yet; for a great many of the answers children give in school they do not expect or in some cases even intend to be right.

Abolish the fixed, required curriculum. It confirms that not only do alternative and education reform movements have history but so does the countercurrent of the established educational mainstream. My sister answered that until this class her boy had always loved reading, and had read a lot on his own; now he had stopped. Who did the damage? A doomed product of RSS underachirving before the general elections Advertisement Popular on merinews The most popular citizen journalists’ reports on merinews chosen automatically on the basis of views and comments.