Purchase the book for $9.99 and get the Kindle version for .99 cents!  Available alone as Kindle or in ePub and other formats at Smashwords: $2.99 "The Legacy of John Holt is unequivocally provocative and memorable."—The Portland (OR) Book Review. More reviews of The Legacy of John Holt

Purchase the book for $9.99 and get the Kindle version for .99 cents!  Available alone as Kindle or in ePub and other formats at Smashwords: $2.99 "The Legacy of John Holt is unequivocally provocative and memorable."—The Portland (OR) Book Review. More reviews of The Legacy of John Holt

Welcome to the site about John Holt , a teacher and writer who advocated more humane classrooms and then, when he sensed such school reform was not really wanted by most people, became one of the founders of the homeschooling movement, which Holt originally called "unschooling." Unschooling—learning that doesn't look like school nor has to happen at home—is an effective way to work with, not on, young children and teenagers to help them learn.

Unschooling is also documented in the pages of the magazine Holt founded, Growing Without Schooling (GWS), as are articles, audio, and video recordings of Holt and other pioneers of learning without schooling.

You will also find information, research, and support for learning outside of school.
—Patrick Farenga

Debunks the myths of unsocialized, illiterate homeschoolers and more! East Coast Premiere: Dec. 1, 2014 in MA!

Debunks the myths of unsocialized, illiterate homeschoolers and more! East Coast Premiere: Dec. 1, 2014 in MA!

Advocates for Home Education in Massachusetts (AHEM) is sponsoring the Boston screening of the world's first feature-length documentary exploring the rapidly growing homeschool movement! Class Dismissed, a revealing new documentary which explores the challenges and triumphs of home education, will be screened Monday, December 1, 7:30 pm at the Regent Theater, 7 Medford St., Arlington, MA, with the filmmaker in attendance

Pat Farenga's Blog

Pat Farenga's Blog
John Holt's Book and Music Store: Now Online!

"How did you homeschool/unschool without having the Internet?" Well, John Holt created a book and music catalog for helping parents and children find learning materials that were either unavailable from school product providers (they didn't support homeschooling then as they do now) or that he thought were better books and materials than standard-issue curricula. I collated most of the books and materials we sold into this list . . .

"The Best Teacher is the Parent" is Just a Political Platitude

". . . In NY last week and saw this campaign ad for Cuomo.  And almost fell off my chair. Here is a Democrat, in a very blue state, and the last line of the ad is:

'And I still believe the best education equipment is the kitchen table, and the best teacher is the parent . . .'"

Cool Science Resources

You see children making things a lot when you learn at home with them, and many deep lessons are embedded in these projects. Here are some interesting DIY projects made possible by the Internet . . .