How Children Fail

First published in the mid 1960s, How Children Fail began an education reform movement that continues today.

How Children Fail

First published in the mid 1960s, How Children Fail began an education reform movement that continues today. In his 1982 edition, John Holt added new insights into how children investigate the world, into the perennial problems of classroom learning, grading, testing, and into the role of the trust and authority in every learning situation. His understanding of children, the clarity of his thought, and his deep affection for children have made both How Children Fail and its companion volume, How Children Learn, enduring classics.

How Children Fail

How Children Fail


Remember John Holt and How Children Fail A Book Review

In the book, "How Children Fail", John Holt simply but honestly records classroom interactions in a refreshing, realistic and humorous style of delivery.

Remember John Holt and  How Children Fail   A Book Review

In the book, "How Children Fail", John Holt simply but honestly records classroom interactions in a refreshing, realistic and humorous style of delivery. Many of Holt's real stories have to do with teachers often falling into the trap of asking students questions and looking only for "right answers." Holt's main thrust is child failure in a success oriented culture. He is alarmed at the increasing role of failure in American schools. He warns against teachers using subject-matter in an end itself. Holt believes that teachers teach subjects rather than teach students. By teaching only subjects, abstraction, curiosity, appreciation, discovery interaction, exploration, and intrinsic motivation are suppressed. Ironically these qualities are professed to be objectives of American education. Even students who consistently make higher grades often times fail to develop creativity and understanding. Holt is also concerned with schools where children are made go go and often fail because of high adult expectations. He is also concerned with scared learners. The author of this article maintains that schools have improved since the writing of this book. Schools are a kinder and more humane place to be. Teachers are now learning to connect with children's backgrounds and prior experiences, implementing more diverse and appropriate lessons. Teachers listen to children more and demonstrate mutual respect. Today there are less scared learners who embrace each day at school with enthusiasm without fear.

How and why Children Fail

Intended for students and practitioners in psychology, psychiatry, education and social work, the essays in this book explore the reasons for a child's failure from a range of disciplines.

How and why Children Fail

Intended for students and practitioners in psychology, psychiatry, education and social work, the essays in this book explore the reasons for a child's failure from a range of disciplines. Topics covered include social influences as well as emotional, physical and psychological factors.

How Children Learn

John Holt was the first to make clear that, for small children, “learning is as natural as breathing.” In this delightful yet profound book, he looks at how we learn to talk, to read, to count, and to reason, and how we can nurture and ...

How Children Learn

This enduring classic of educational thought offers teachers and parents deep, original insight into the nature of early learning. John Holt was the first to make clear that, for small children, “learning is as natural as breathing.” In this delightful yet profound book, he looks at how we learn to talk, to read, to count, and to reason, and how we can nurture and encourage these natural abilities in our children.”

Why Children Fail

Why Children Fail


The Underachieving School

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.

The Underachieving School

This is a collection of essays and articles written and compiled by John Holt, each brimming with inspiration and ideas on how to teach children. Taking into account how children actually learn, this book shows us the difference between learning and schooling through his original thinking; clear, thoughtful writing; and first-hand accounts of what does and doesnt work in education.

Instead of Education

Holt's most direct and radical challenge to the educational status quo and a clarion call to parents to save their children from schools of all kinds.

Instead of Education

Holt's most direct and radical challenge to the educational status quo and a clarion call to parents to save their children from schools of all kinds.

5 Reasons Why Some Children Fail to Make Progress at School

Head teachers are under huge pressure to raise standards in schools.

5 Reasons Why Some Children Fail to Make Progress at School

Head teachers are under huge pressure to raise standards in schools. However some of our children will fail to make expected progress. This short read will encourage staff to examine what is going on in a little person's world and how school can help them overcome any difficulties and succeed. If a child experiences success, it will raise their self-esteem and set them up for life.

How Children Fail

How Children Fail


John Rosemond s Fail Safe Formula for Helping Your Child Succeed in School

Describing his behavior management strategies that are used by school systems all over the country, he writes with an entertaining, compelling style that will keep parents reading the valuable, helpful information in John Rosemond's Fail ...

John Rosemond s Fail Safe Formula for Helping Your Child Succeed in School

For more than forty years and counting, family psychologist and best-selling author John Rosemond has been counseling parents about how to help children do their best in school. This new book draws on all of that knowledge and experience so that parents can set their kids on the path to success in education, even at age three. Dealing with common problems like how much and what kind of help to give with homework, what to do when a child misbehaves in school, and how to deal with academic performance that consistently falls below a child's ability level, Rosemond addresses every issue with time-tested advice and methods. Other books on schoolwork encourage lots of parental involvement. Not this one. Rosemond's approach will help parents disengage from homework and other hassles as they manage their children to even greater success in the classroom. Describing his behavior management strategies that are used by school systems all over the country, he writes with an entertaining, compelling style that will keep parents reading the valuable, helpful information in John Rosemond's Fail-Safe Formula for Helping Your Child Succeed in School, and the book promises to earn high marks for both parents and children.

Children who Fail to Thrive

or inadequate parenting, and may require more extensive intervention: such children tend to show a very poor prognosis for ... However, despite the fact that mandatory help is given by health visitors, many children fail to thrive, ...

Children who Fail to Thrive

Three to five per cent of children fail to thrive. Without early intervention this can lead to serious growth failure and delayed psychomotor development. Such children typically present difficulties with feeding and sleeping, as well as other behavioural problems. Failure to grow can also involve attachment disorders, emotional maltreatment, neglect, and abuse. Dorota Iwaniec has carried out the longest ever study on failure to thrive, following up on 198 clinical cases after a 20-year period. This extensive practical guide includes: numerous checklists and other instruments for use in assessments four chapters on intervention and treatments, with a particular focus on multidisciplinary approaches a comprehensive literature review alongside original research data case studies drawn from the author's lengthy clinical experience This book is essential reading for social workers, health visitors, nurses, pediatricians, psychologists and child care workers.

Gender Gaps

Most importantly, do new approaches to teaching and learning benefits both girls and boys? Gender Gaps confirms that public schools are making progress toward equitable treatment of boys and girls.

Gender Gaps

Gender Gaps - Where Schools Still Fail Our Children directly addresses the conflict between the standards movement and the pursuit to educational equity - the most hotly debated topic in schools today and of concern to all parents of school-aged children. On the eve of the 21st century, what progress have we made? What gaps still need to be addressed? How are technological advances and profound shifts in school demographics changing the way we teach? Most importantly, do new approaches to teaching and learning benefits both girls and boys? Gender Gaps confirms that public schools are making progress toward equitable treatment of boys and girls. Nevertheless, high academic standards for all students cannot be realized without equity. Equity differs from equality in asking not whether girls and boys receive the same education but whether they receive the right education to achieve a shared standard of excellence.

The Importance of Failing Well

This book is designed to help parents support their children to become self-regulated, resilient learners who know how to "fail well".Educationist Lance King designed his first learning improvement programme for school children more than 20 ...

The Importance of Failing Well

This book is designed to help parents support their children to become self-regulated, resilient learners who know how to "fail well".Educationist Lance King designed his first learning improvement programme for school children more than 20 years ago and after trialling it saw amazing results.Children who had previously considered themselves academic failures began to succeed. Since then he has delivered this programme to hundreds of thousands of students, teachers and parents in schools around the world. The Importance of Failing Well distills his ideas about the "learning skills" approach to learning that he teaches through his programme from a parent's point of view. He guides parents through the learning process and gives practical advice on how they can best encourage and support their children to become resilient, focussed, effective, confident learners who react to challenges in a positive way and understand the importance of "failing well".

The Gift of Failure

As teacher and writer Jessica Lahey explains, even though these parents see themselves as being highly responsive to their children’s well being, they aren’t giving them the chance to experience failure—or the opportunity to learn to ...

The Gift of Failure

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In the tradition of Paul Tough’s How Children Succeed and Wendy Mogel’s The Blessing of a Skinned Knee, this groundbreaking manifesto focuses on the critical school years when parents must learn to allow their children to experience the disappointment and frustration that occur from life’s inevitable problems so that they can grow up to be successful, resilient, and self-reliant adults. Modern parenting is defined by an unprecedented level of overprotectiveness: parents who rush to school at the whim of a phone call to deliver forgotten assignments, who challenge teachers on report card disappointments, mastermind children’s friendships, and interfere on the playing field. As teacher and writer Jessica Lahey explains, even though these parents see themselves as being highly responsive to their children’s well being, they aren’t giving them the chance to experience failure—or the opportunity to learn to solve their own problems. Overparenting has the potential to ruin a child’s confidence and undermine their education, Lahey reminds us. Teachers don’t just teach reading, writing, and arithmetic. They teach responsibility, organization, manners, restraint, and foresight—important life skills children carry with them long after they leave the classroom. Providing a path toward solutions, Lahey lays out a blueprint with targeted advice for handling homework, report cards, social dynamics, and sports. Most importantly, she sets forth a plan to help parents learn to step back and embrace their children’s failures. Hard-hitting yet warm and wise, The Gift of Failure is essential reading for parents, educators, and psychologists nationwide who want to help children succeed.

How Children Fail

How Children Fail