This made so much sense and gave me lots of encouragement to start homeschooling my daughter. There is one thing that I noted in my daughter which now makes sense to me. After four months of schooling when I met her teacher, she told me that she needs to work on quantity.. i.e. she could not count objects correctly, but when i tested her at home asking her to give me 4 tomatoes.. or to tell me how many fingers i had up.. she told me correctly! but when i gave her the school workbook to count the pictures of bees… she went one .. four..five.. eight! :S DUH.. what happened.. it was only after reading holts book did i realize what was hapenning.
This is what schools do to a child numb their brain…as John Holt says:
For children, the central business of school is not learning, whatever thisvague word means; it is getting these daily tasks done, or at least out of theway, with a minimum of effort and unpleasantness. Each task is an end initself. The children don’t care how they dispose of it. If they can get it out ofthe way by doing it, they will do it; if experience has taught them that thisdoes not work very well, they will turn to other means, illegitimate means,that wholly defeat whatever purpose the task giver may have had in mind.