Spurs Sports & Entertainment today announced that Peter J. Holt and Corinna Holt Richter will succeed Julianna Hawn Holt and Peter M. Holt on the organization’s board of managers. I create schools that include a substantial element of Socratic dialogue in which students read, think, and argue about ideas. So I would argue that the very nature of self-directed education encompasses numerous opportunities for context and community - often in ways that we would never imagine. As usual, I have put together a comment in haste and tried to encompass too much and too many concepts in too little time. The books are out there; if they are sincerely motivated they will find their way there themselves. I take offense at claiming Holt for a delirious movement that is moving at a snail’s pace at best and that appears to be indifferent to actual harm, suffering, indignity, and degradation of real living and breathing children. For me there is no doubt about unschooling itself. I read biographies of the pioneers and explorers and so on and on. Sometimes moms expect helpers to effect the learning (or homework-doing) of their children, and see that I should be more firm in insisting that the kid may ask me about anything, but should be free of my imposed instruction, direction or supervision. I showed them the letters in order, and they knew it, and the sounds the letters made, by age three. Peter John Holt, 64. They could be learning to build a real world by spending hours upon hours building a virtual one. One insightful lady commenting on an earlier blog post seemed to suggest that all this fantasizing about a “tipping point” is the consequence of aristocratic types who don’t get the significance of the lives of people and especially children who have no hope of ever experiencing autonomy and freedom in a school or anywhere else. He's covered the Dallas Cowboys and the NFL since 1999 and has also covered the Spurs, the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, and a variety of other events, including 14 Super Bowls. I would like to be able to respond to you in something like the spirit of Socratic dialogue in order to be able to more fully discern what you mean here by "the characteristics of context and community within which spontaneous self-directed education becomes valuable". My uncle became an engineer and inventor. Only the child knows when he or she is ready to attend to mistakes and make corrections. I say this as someone who became an engineer without playing many video games. Why are so many people drawn to conspiracy theories in times of crisis? Sometimes a teacher will decide that a student has a bad habit. Where Montessori philosophy differentiates itself is in its wide-armed embrace of the need of adults to transmit to their children certain crucial, guiding, stabilizing, disaster-avoiding attributes of their culture. "We are humbled to carry on the legacy that our parents created," Peter J. Holt said in a statement. Holt states, " Children don’t choose to learn in order to do things in the future. which haven't had the same insights. He said I was a natural but that "instinct" was learned and honed thorough hundreds of hours contemplating the subject and watching examples. We have six firms interviewing patients for potential medical malpractice around this. Hi. This point about fantasy is another elaboration of Holt’s main point that children learn by doing what they want to do right now, not by practicing for the future. Get this audiobook free. In California, where I live, one simply registers one's home as a private school, and that is all that is needed. My oldest is in college and paying for it himself. Our second oldest thought formal instruction was a stupid and insurmountable obstacle to learning to read. Yet, they shrink into impotent and insignificant figures when one suggests that they have a duty to fight in a forthright and effective manner against the evil that exists and persists. Peter Timothy Holt, 53. It's wonderful to be reminded of this book again! And then eventually grew into small stories. She has been a great mother, to the best of my knowledge. You can’t claim to be a scientist or a professional who truly cares about children and then create false hope and hype about how someday soon, the public will wake up and come to love ideas about liberty and justice for the kids that they have seen as ignorant and uncivilized primitives. See Peter John Holt's compensation, career history, education, & memberships. Associates: stephen philip holt, john peter holt, elizabeth m holt, marcelle g holt, kathleen m holt, julie ann holt. There are issues which must be seen clearly and pursued through the most effective and forceful means possible, irrespective of the size and scope of the challenge. Lived In Ada MI, Comstock Park MI. My biggest concern, however, with an insistent focus on the rhetoric of freedom and self-direction is that such a framing ignores the critical element of context and community within which such freedom and self-direction takes place. I have been homeschooling my three children their entire Someone, please correct me if I’m wrong. But they are communicating with others, making decisions, planning, and prioritizing, all in a constant feedback loop. 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He says, “…these true facts and brilliant insights are still understood by only a small percentage of the population, and our schools are now even worse than they were when Holt was alive. To my delight, I finally realized that he knew what he needed and wanted all along despite how I "assessed" his acquirement of knowledge. Does that sound a bit silly? Not quite - we as educators frame the activity, select most of the texts, set the ground rules of dialogue, and model how to engage. I work as well, part time, which I hate. Eventually, I think, we will reach a tipping point, where the rate of school leaving accelerates sharply. They are all protecting the Manufacturers of the ECT machines. Is it a problem that the rest of the World has not followed suit? It has been my solemn duty to rain on the parade, since lives are on the line and democracy itself is gravely threatened. I see no evidence that these people have any clue about the actual extent and nature of the degradation of spirit inflicted daily in the indoctrination centers. I wouldn’t change anything for the time our life style has enabled me to hVe with my children and for my husband to also have with them. Improvement comes because the child attends to others’ talking, gradually picks up some of the repeated sounds and their meanings, and works them into his or her own utterances in increasingly appropriate ways. Traditional school methods and policies are not going away without changing the laws that put power into hands where it can be so easily be misused and ignored. I'd like to offer you the opinion that when your 11 year old son watches funny and goofy YouTube videos, he is learning something that is absolutely vital to his existence as a human being: he is learning how to enjoy himself. He graduated from University of Kansas School of Medicine medical school in 1984. This is not a time to place faith in faith healers or big egos and big dreams because they make some of us feel good (or wealthy). He was an actor and writer, known for Spartacus (1960), When Worlds Collide (1951) and Attack of the Puppet People (1958). When she studies math, or even Latin, we integrate the topics into a wider environment. Previously cities included Brookline MA and Wells ME. Spoon feeding is what parents and therefore administrators want. I take a lot of pride in preparing a lesson whether it is a group discussion or a provocation in the environment. In his discussion of fantasy, Holt criticizes the view, held by Maria Montessori and some of her followers, that fantasy should be discouraged in children because it is escape from reality. Peter John Holt, 65. Yesterday I mentioned to our six year old son that his tendency to take electronics apart and try to remake them into something else was like my uncle at the same age. I scrimped and scraped and DIY-ed everything. We pulled him from regular school (where he was miserable & struggling). I'd like to see a democratic school model that is FREE and also has a compulsory component of HUMANITY, what it means to be human. There are billions involved annually in the US alone. In Holt’s words (p 34), “Very young children seem to have what could be called an instinct of Workmanship. I hope you can enlighten me on this. Even a child usually has a real sense of the devastating effect that losing a family member will have and the pain that will always inflict. It is a way of looking at the world which demands authority to restrain, control, and mold individuals in their development. Evidence of this can be seen from the recent horror story from Perrin, CA. I am glad for the refreshing summary here, brilliantly done. Becoming interested in academic content or other areas of learning are dependent on exposure. They are still bitching that prayer is not allowed in classes. For a few years, my son and I were living on $400 a month. Having spent years working with low income children and college students, I have learned that "pie in the sky" ideas need to be fleshed out more fully to accommodate the world experienced by many low income children. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as AdventHealth Shawnee Mission and Saint Luke's East Hospital. The two of them knew "the", "a", "him", "her", and a few other basic words by the age of four. Just as “the state” never “withered away” as some people under socialist or communist ideologies anticipated, the state bureaucracy and its authoritarian influence will never just fade out of existence as long as it is supported by encoded laws requiring attendance in schools masquerading as educational institutions. It was hard. Show all locations and family . Hello. They will undoubtedly learn to put one foot in front of the other but how will they walk and will their walking improve with age? For more information, see Free to Learn and the website of the Alliance for Self-Directed Education. Holt will also retain … The laws are either a huge mistake that must be rectified, or they are a fact of life that must be accepted and endured, along with all the accompanying grief and shame. I run a homeschool website for people in the greater Charlotte, NC area. We cannot afford to brush this under the carpet as more are harmed daily. He had to leave her bedside to drive to the Methadone Clinic and was badly in need of some rest, since he had worked a swing shift New Year’s Eve and had already been sleep deprived, so I took over the watch. I don’t think they can even conceive of a world where their beautiful ideas and inventions are rejected out of hand and found to be ludicrous on their face by half the population, literally. Yet he can be seen on YouTube on episode of the Donahue Show several years afterward, responding to a guest who wanted to espouse the virtues of the public school system with "Look, I don't want to make anybody unhappy. But just as with learning how to walk and talk, it is helpful to have an accepting and supportive environment for doing this; not one in which we are praised for our achievements, but one in which our achievements are seen, acknowledged, shared, experienced with the same vicarious sense of joy, pride, or triumph that we feel, reflected back to us. I am all for un-schooling, de-schooling, and any other alternative that is less harmful than traditional schooling in authority-based institutions. They were not given the resilience and capabilities they needed in order to cope with adversity, stress, and both external and internal conflict in their classes and social experience at school. Silly nonsense. They are AWOL when it comes to taking the fight to the courts where it must ultimately be resolved. I am not suggesting you talk to them about unschooling, rather I am suggesting that you could offer them the experience of just one of its essential components. He is the former CEO of HoltCat, the largest Caterpillar dealership in the United States and former chairman, CEO, and owner of Spurs Sports & Entertainment, which owns the NBA's San Antonio Spurs, the USL's San Antonio FC, the AHL's San Antonio Rampage, and the NBA Development League's Austin Spurs. The Spurs also announced Friday that Peter J. Holt and his sister Corinna Holt Richter would succeed their parents on the organizations board of managers. On one hand, I get to decide most of the influences my children are exposed to, but that of course comes with a very limited threshold at times because of my income (or lack thereof). Everyone wants to do this. Yet, I feel people do not realize that many can choose to live on less, in order to have more time for our children. They are even more anxiety-provoking, more wasteful of young people’s time, more insulting of young people's intelligence, and more disruptive of deep learning and understanding. I was also fascinated by flight but grew up long before gaming was a thing. However, I actually have some difficulty imagining a situation where she would not be learning in an environment of "context and community". When Holt wrote the first edition of How Children Learn (published in 1967), he was still trying to figure out how to become a better teacher. You may find it more helpful to think in terms of acquiring a new habit than breaking an old one. These are stories of how racism impacts our organization. In Fact my 20 year old never took a job just to have a job. He knew the awesome power of entrenched mythology and he knew that the powers that be were not going to fade away merely because he had discovered what was needed for children to learn and thrive and because certain receptive people were listening to his every word and his immense wisdom. But the model had to come from the boy himself. My other point is that the future will be digital, and children need to be fluent in the digital world. I have been highly critical of the leadership of the alternative “movement” and the so-called educators who buy into the hype and magical thinking which casts unschooling, self-directed learning, and other ideas and approaches as novel creations or as such powerful ideas that they will somehow automatically overcome all obstacles and become the new normal through the sheer force of their logical and practical capacities and common-sense. My son at 5 could divide because he could divvy up 20 marbles into 4 and then 5 jars. We once had a so-called Underground Railroad, to help slaves escape from slavery. Surely, that is important enough to be a requirement. Among other things, it helped him transfer his love of trains into a love of reading. We are excited to continue to learn from the exceptional individuals who make up the Spurs ownership group and leadership team. It is possible that Holt had not seen the termination of compulsory attendance as the one and only means to a revolutionary transformation in schooling for the vast majority of students. What is the whole when learning to speak? Join Facebook to connect with Peter John Holt and others you may know. Unschooling is here to stay! But yet I’m optimistic, as I think Holt might be if he were alive today, because even though the percentage who understand that children learn best when allowed to control their own learning remains small, that percentage is growing. Hopefully, there are no such errors in this message at 4:01 a.m. Le Creuset Dutch ovens are still just $130 at Williams... Walmart has the Playstation 5 and Xbox on sale at noon PST, Nordstrom face masks (and more) are discounted until Dec. 21, We found that Baby Yoda sweatshirt you wanted for $15. I have to post this issue here as I cannot garner media and am using the same request to save time. Now, I’m going to tell a story about my last two harrowing days as an illustration. They want to walk, like other people do, but at first they aren’t good at it. This nonsense about a tipping point is a way to postpone the inevitable and to pretend that there can be change without dealing with the reality on the ground. It is reflected in the ever-increasing number of families who are choosing to take their children out of standard schools.” By the way, since I am back here again, I realized after I hit send that, in my fatigue, I missed a grievous error in my previous response to you. Before long, she was typing out readable statements. The success and stability the Spurs have enjoyed under the leadership of the Holt family is remarkable. The directive to “Do no harm” should especially apply here. This is where leaders are obligated to lead, instead of follow or bask in some glow. Dr. Peter Holt, MD is a Geriatric Medicine Specialist in Kansas City, MO and has over 36 years of experience in the medical field. Their breadth of opportunity and exposure to the world are often extremely curtailed because of their context. Suicide is just one of many problems that is on the increase and symptomatic of a profoundly demoralizing trend. I’ve probably not been alone in believing all my life that people threaten, attempt, and commit suicide because they feel unloved or rejected by others, whether or not they are accurate in that assessment. Compassion is the highest form of intellect, and to whom much is given, much is required. And like learning how to walk and talk, if we had to be taught this, surely we would be never learn. I learned that the more I tried to control his learning, the more he pushed back. But the motivation must come from within the child; it can’t be imposed. The practitioner designs and establishes learning environments, and oversees an emergent and iterative practice based on two assumptions: a) that children learn best when given liberty to initiate and respond freely – in and with – an environment prepared to speak to the totality of their developmental needs (physical, intellectual, social, spiritual, psychological…). (My daughter is 11, and many of the participants are school-age). I am trained as a project engineer, and I am astounded at the coordination and cooperation required to accomplish these projects - and they make it look easy. In their play they model, as close as they can, their understanding of what adults in those roles do. Insult was added to injury by paternalistic, controlling or sadistic teachers and by unkind or uncommonly competitive peers. Yet, it still haunts us every single day in this violent society. This observation fits very well with findings from my research on the value of age-mixed play (see here and here). Genealogy profile for John Holt. What particularly struck me was the passage about doing, not learning to do. John has been found in 31 states including Texas, Colorado, Iowa, California, Virginia, and 26 others. Capitalism enslaves people quite effectively, and schooling is a necessary part of that system in which students often recognize the elements of enslavement and exploitation. Is it a whole word, a whole conversation or the ability to perform a major role in a Shakespeare play? Now consider what it is that you would like for your son - just like the rest of us, doesn't that mean finding friendship, camaraderie, community, and hopefully even real love? This, I think, is the main insight of the book; most of the other ideas are more or less corollaries. And children have been conditioned to believe that boredom and lack of control are the norm - even children now resist learning - they have been made afraid and dependent on "totalitarian" corporatist ideal of the classroom. Peter John Holt | Spurs Voices. This clearly is a corollary of the point that children learn because they are motivated to do the things they see others do. I’m new to this and see how this makes a great deal of sense.. I can only say: I hear your pain. Peter J. Holt, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of HOLT CAT and Joe Straus, former Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives announced the … I was blown away by his phenomenal insights when I first read his books soon after they were published. In a Relationship, Who Tends to Sext First? There are many resources out there for learning many things and it is becoming so much easier to access these resources without having to have 2 full time parent incomes to provide opportunities for our children. are reasons why schools should be safe havens and places for mitigating myriad harms and insecurities. And isn't all of that made possible by learning how to enjoy yourself, then finding others who enjoy some the same things that you do, and then in this atmosphere of mutual good feeling and acceptance, dare to share just a little bit more about yourself, in the hope that might be responded to positively as well; or at least, in this atmosphere of kindly benevolence, accepted and respected? Those who don’t care enough to defend and protect children who are being harmed in bad schools right now, today, should stop creating the illusion that they are ushering in the miracle by selling optimism and faith, in my humble opinion. 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