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The Underachieving School by John Holt - Pelican, 1972


Title: The Underachieving School
Author: John Holt
Publisher: Pelican Books
Publication Date: 1972
Format: Softcover
Condition: This book is in good condition for its age other than some minor signs of wear, small inscription on endpaper, tanned pages.

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Reader's note

This 1972 edition of The Underachieving School by John Holt contains provocative and stimulating essays that examine a wide range of contemporary educational controversies. In his earlier works he concludes that most schools are jails and that, far from encouraging natural inclination to learn, they stifle all enthusiasm. Believing that learning must not be separated from living, he urges us to re-examine our attitudes and suggests that compulsory school attendance ought to be abolished, formal teaching cut to a minimum, and that children should choose what they want to learn and when they want to learn it.