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John Holt Quotes

Quotes by John Holt - (9 quotes)

John Holt - From the Application category:

We learn to do something by doing it. There is no other way. (John Holt)

John Holt - From the Character category:

The true test of character is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don't know what to do. (John Holt)

John Holt - From the Children category:

The child is bold. He is not afraid of making mistakes. And he is patient. He can tolerate an extraordinary amount of uncertainty, confusion, ignorance, and suspense... (John Holt)

John Holt - From the Children category:

The child is curious. He wants to make sense out of things, find out how things work, gain competence and control over himself and his environment, and do what he can see other people doing. He is open, perceptive, and experimental. (John Holt)

John Holt - From the Observation category:

The child does not merely observe the world around him. He does not shut himself off from the strange, complicated world around him, but tastes it, touches it, hefts it, bends it, breaks it. To find out how reality works, he works on it. (John Holt)

John Holt - From the Responsibility category:

It is the duty of a citizen in a free country not to fit into society, but to make society. (John Holt)

John Holt - From the Rewards category:

We destroy the love of learning in children, which is so strong when they are small, by encouraging and compelling them to work for petty rewards – in short, for the ignoble satisfaction of feeling that they are better than someone else. (John Holt)

John Holt - From the Teaching category:

We can think of ourselves not as teachers but as gardeners. A gardener does not 'grow' flowers; he tries to give them what he thinks they need and they grow by themselves. (John Holt)

John Holt - From the Trust category:

All I am 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. (John Holt)