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

John Holt's Reading List, 1977 to 2001

Over 200 books, materials, games, and recordings sold by HoltGWS over the course of more than twenty years. Many were selected and reviewed by John Holt in the pages of Growing Without Schooling (GWS). Get inspired by the materials used by unschoolers and homeschoolers before the Internet was available to the public!

Download your free copy or read it online here.

Pat Farenga's Blog

Pat Farenga's Blog
Class Dismissed Opens in Boston

This new movie about learning outside the classroom is not only a great introduction to homeschooling and unschooling, but is also a testament to our individual and group abilities to create new private and public spaces for living and learning with children when institutions fail to do so . . .

John Holt Captioning Project

Help us make John Holt's videos accessible in other languages and to the deaf by joining our new video captioning project . . .

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 . . .