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Books I Read in January & February 2016

As you can see, I’m posting this barely in time to not have to add “March” to the title. In January I read: • The Prince and the Pauper, by Mark Twain — I read this aloud to some of … Continue reading

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Where Are You Trying to Get?

In his book How Children Fail (New York: A Merloyd Lawrence Book, 1982), John Holt recounted an incident from his time as a teacher. He was making a child recopy a page until it had three mistakes or fewer, but … Continue reading

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Daniel Deronda: Meeting Streams

About half of “Meeting Streams” (the second book of Daniel Deronda) is about Gwendolen, while the second half focuses on Daniel Deronda. At the beginning of the book, Gwendolen is, surprisingly to herself, having a bit of trouble with “her … Continue reading

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Middlemarch: Sunset and Sunrise

“What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult to each other?” — Dorothea (Middlemarch, by George Eliot, chapter 72). A theme in Middlemarch, not central in George Eliot’s earlier novels, is marriage. The Casaubons’ … Continue reading

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Teach Your Own

Teach Your Own by John Holt is a book about homeschooling, or “unschooling” which I read a few months ago. It covers why children should not be in public schools, defenses and advantages of homeschooling, the way children learn, logistics … Continue reading

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