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Related PeopleAlice Miller, Jean Liedloff, Jo Singel, John Holt
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My kids then (c. 1987) ... Lauren, Jonathan and Sally
Most children in school fail. ... Why do they fail? They fail because they are afraid, bored, and confused. They are afraid, above all else, of failing, of disappointing or displeasing the many anxious adults around them, whose limitless hopes and expectations for them hang over their heads like a cloud.

They are bored because the things they are given to do are so trivial, so dull and make such limited and narrow demands on the wide spectrum of their intelligence, capabilities and talents.

They are confused because most of the torrent of words that pours over them in school makes little or no sense. It often flatly contradicts other things they have been told, and hardly ever has any real relation to what they know - to the rough model of reality that they carry around in their minds.

From the forward of the book How Children Fail by John Holt.

This was written in 1964 but to a great degree I believe the argument still holds true today.

Egypt, Sinai, Kids from Dahab playing. Source: Google Video

The pages on this website are categorized into one or more of nearly 100 categories (themes or topics). This page below displays a list of other pages that belong to the Children category. You may view the list of pages belonging to another category by selecting the category in which you are interested from the drop-down 'Categories' menu at the top of this page.

Blog Post
  Dumbing Us Down: the Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling
Gurteen Knowledge-Log, David Gurteen, 27 March 2002

  Thoughts on Schooling
Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 26 May 2004

  Low-Cost Laptops for Kids in Need
Gurteen Knowledge-Log, David Gurteen, 5 April 2005

  Breaking Down the wall of Silence (1992) by Alice Miller
To Join the Waiting Child

  How Children Fail (1964) by John Holt

  How Children Learn (1967) by John Holt

  Punished by Rewards (Sep 1999) by Alfie Kohn
The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise, and Other Bribes

  The Continuum Concept by Jean Liedloff
In Search of Happiness Lost

  The Drama of Being a Child (1987) by Alice Miller
And the Search for the True Self

  Unconditional Parenting (Mar 2005) by Alfie Kohn
Moving from Rewards and Punishment to Love and Reason

  Children [32 items]

  Helping Children Prepare for their Work Future
An Interview with Jo Singel by David Gurteen

  The Dangers of Media Violence
Article by Karl Wigg

  The Liedloff Continuum Network

  Alice Miller Psychotherapist

  Jean Liedloff Author

  Jo Singel

  John Holt (1923 - 1985) American Educator

  Kahlil Gibran On Children by Kahlil Gibran

  On being shut up in schools by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882) American Essayist & Poet

  On children and learning by John Holt (1923 - 1985) American Educator

  On classroom defeat by Joseph Wax 

  On destroying the love of learning in children by Alfie Kohn Author, Speaker & Educator

  On teachers and delusion by John Holt (1923 - 1985) American Educator

  On the curious child by John Holt (1923 - 1985) American Educator

  On the intelligence of a child. by Sigmund Freud (1865 - 1939) Austrian Psychologist

  On trying to force a child by John Holt (1923 - 1985) American Educator

  Our own system of trying to guess ... by Jean Liedloff Author

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