• List Price: CDN$ 20.95
  • You Save: CDN$ 1.32 (6%)
FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ 35.
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca. Gift-wrap available.
Instead of Education: Way... has been added to your Cart
+ CDN$ 0.00 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. 100% Money Back Guarantee. Shipped to over one million happy customers.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 3 images

Instead of Education: Ways to Help People do Things Better Paperback – Oct 1 2003


See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
Paperback
CDN$ 19.63
CDN$ 13.28 CDN$ 9.61

Save 40% on the First Novel Award Shortlist

click to open popover

Frequently bought together

  • Instead of Education: Ways to Help People do Things Better
  • +
  • Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book Of Homeschooling
  • +
  • How Children Fail
Total price: CDN$ 62.70
Buy the selected items together

No Kindle device required. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.



Product details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Sentient Publications (Oct. 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591810094
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591810094
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 1.8 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #348,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
    If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Product description

Review

This book turned my thinking upside down and changed the course of my life―it inspired me to let go of my career as a frustrated schoolteacher in favor of exploring and then advocating self-directed learning. As the homeschooling/unschooling population mushrooms, many fine books and other resources become available, but none replaces John Holt's visionary, revolutionary, attentive, and specific work, as radical now as it was 30 years ago. If you haven't read him, good chance you don't fully understand the depth or possibility of our movement. In Instead of Education, Holt addresses a huge question―how can people live and work more purposefully? In doing so, he tackles many medium-sized and smaller questions―What do schools really teach? What could libraries lend, in addition to books? Why do children seem happy in a particular school in Denmark? Throughout, his writing is―as usual―simultaneously reverent and scientific. (Grace Llewellyn, author of The Teenage Liberation Handbook)

Reading this book again, like reading Maria Montessori, fills me with a certain sadness that such clear vision, brilliant insight and profound understanding of the needs of children should have been offered time and again, for so many years, to be so largely ignored. With our schooling situation growing ever more deplorable, the plight of our educationally abused children worsening day by day, Holt’s work is more critically needed than ever. He spells out the problem and its solution with such clarity and simplicity that any parent can read him and every parent should. We ignore his prophetic vision at our peril. (Joseph Chilton Pearce)

In Instead of Education ($15.95, Sentient Publications, Boulder, CO) John Holt says that parents must save their children from schools of all kinds because they kill creativity and do a bad job teaching even the basics. In short, this is a book about home schooling, one of the fastest growing trends in the nation. Why? Because the entire educational system in America has been steadily 'dumbed down' since the 1960s. Holt has been a voice of common sense since the 1960s when his first book, How Children Fail, pointed out that you cannot force children to learn anything. Schools, since then, have been straight jackets into which both teachers and students are strapped by mandatory testing and, for seven million children, mind-altering drugs various 'educators' decided these children needed. His new book is packed with great ideas and examples of how to create learning opportunities and environments outside of the established educational structure. This is an important book that every parent should read. (Bookviews.Com)

John Holt was a prophetic voice in the educational wilderness who vividly explained why our system of schooling often frustrates genuine learning. He made this case quite clearly indeed in his groundbreaking work Instead of Education. It is as radically relevant to the educational challenges of our generation as it was to his. (Ron Miller, author of What Are Schools For? Holistic Education in American Culture and publisher of Paths of Learning Magazine)

Be clear about this: Instead of Education, although less widely known than his more famous titles, is John Holt at the top of his game. If you are one of the millions of walking wounded still staggering from your own encounter with forced institutional schooling, and trying to spare your own kids from its damage, this book will be your guide and a good friend. (John Taylor Gatto, author, The Underground History of American Education)


Customer reviews

There are no customer reviews yet.
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com

Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars 12 reviews
Nechama P
5.0 out of 5 starsJohn Holt at his best
June 16, 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
10 people found this helpful.
RBetri
4.0 out of 5 starsRBetri
May 5, 2011 - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
3 people found this helpful.
james
5.0 out of 5 starsFive Stars
February 22, 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
Kyle Dehoff
5.0 out of 5 starsChanged my whole perspective!
December 6, 2009 - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
7 people found this helpful.
Jordan Bell
5.0 out of 5 starsA libertarian manifesto on education
April 12, 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
6 people found this helpful.

Where's My Stuff?

Delivery & Returns

Need Help?