John Holt coined the term “unschooling” in the 1970s. He believed in an educational method, a philosophy, really, that advocates children learning through natural life activities. Unschooling encourages exploration of personal interests, leading to a meaningful, well-retained, self directed education. It’s awesome, is what it is! Holt gets it. Everything he says resonates with me. It just makes sense. I thought I’d share a few of my favorite John Holt quotes with you.
“Since we can’t know what knowledge will be most needed in the future, it is senseless to try to teach it in advance. Instead, we should try to turn out people who love learning so much and learn so well that they will be able to learn whatever needs to be learned.”
“We learn to do something by doing it. There is no other way.”
“All I’m saying…can be summed up in two words; trust children. Nothing could be more simple, or more difficult. Difficult because to trust children we must first learn to trust ourselves, and most of us were taught as children that we could not be trusted.”
“Children live from anything and everything they see. They learn wherever they are, not just in special learning places.”