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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Vicki rated it really liked it Apr 24, The aim was to make the undrrachieving daring skid and leave the longest mark. I was wasting my time, he said, and doing harm. But few people in education will openly defend cruelty to children, except perhaps a few of our right-wing screwballs, so there is not much point in attacking it.

Anne Lawson rated it liked it Sep 13, In short, even on homely, mundane matters, what we say, and sincerely say, may be far removed from what we really think. Shortly after, another moved around so that he was in contact with me.

The Underachieving School – Sentient Publications

Since our judgments are more often than not critical, unfavorable, even harsh, we exaggerate another fault, equally serious and crippling – a tendency to imagine that other people think less well of them than in fact they do, or what is worse, that they do not deserve to be well thought of. What do we talk about? At the very least, we should modify it, perhaps by giving children every year a large number – fifty or sixty – of authorized absences.

One day, in one of our many free periods, she was reading at her desk. He was educated at a number of schools in the States and at Le Posey in Switzerlandafter which he attended the Phillips Exeter Academy, graduating in Unless you show them, and us, that you are making grades less important, they are going to look for other colleges to go to, and we are going to help them.


Wikiquote has quotations related to: Let them get at this job, with our help if they ask for it, in the way that makes most sense to them. Tests arouse the fear and satisfy the greed. A child learning to talk does not learn by being corrected all the time; if corrected too much, he will stop talking.

It’s thought-provoking as a whole, but sometimes in a way that makes you want to hurl it against the nearest wall! I disagree for several reasons. Few claim to have looked up even as many as a thousand. The volume itself is a collection of short pieces, many of which have appeared separately in pamphlets, magazines, and books.

The Underachieving School

We carry about in our minds many strings of words underaachieving rules, maxims, principles – which we have learned are appropriate and comfortable on certain occasions, but which have johnn or nothing to do with what we really believe or with the way we really conduct our lives.

It is at this period of his life that he becomes most sharply aware of himself as a person, of the need to know who and what that person is, and of the fact that he can and will to a large extent determine who and what that person becomes.

In short, it is at this time that he begins not only to know himself but also consciously to create himself, to feel intuitively what Thoreau meant when he said that every man is his own masterpiece. About forty minutes before lunch, I asked them all to take pencil undercahieving paper and start writing about anything they wanted.


To this essentially elitist argument the schools have replied, reasonably enough, that the school provides certain kinds of educational resources, among them the opportunity to come in contact with large numbers of other children, that cannot be provided in the home. Through his original thinking, clear and thoughtful writing, and firsthand accounts of what does and doesn’t work in education, this book shows us the difference between learning and schooling.

Or we tell students something we think they ought to know – certain tge of grammar, facts about a place or an event, what a poem means, why this book is important, and so on.


The feeling that a test is a trap and the tester an adversary I have often felt myself – and even in situations in which the tester has had no power over me. In other words, a policy of resistance to the school attendance laws can perhaps achieve some results, even before the courts formally repeal or overturn them. Closure of about 50 per cent ATMs will create significant problems.

The first stems from the limitations of language. Bruno Martinez creates a global. Suppose we take two photos, one of all the children in a family, the other of all the members of the family, adults and children.

He made the shool look up and memorize not only the definition but the derivation of every big word that came along – and there were plenty. The learning and knowing of a child goes through three stages.