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  •  I met him (3+ / 0-)
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    FloridaSNMOM, angelajean, Nance

    at a conference my third year of teaching--40 yrs. ago.  He informed so much of my life and teaching philosopy, among others, i.e. Alfie Kohn, Jonathan Kozol.  Agree with him or not, he was a powerful and honest provacateur, and I believe, had we taken the guidance of his or the aforementioned pioneers, our education system--even our society--would be far better off.

    I took a lot of heat from various administrations in the 70's for implementing those ideas in the classroom, but I still hear from my students from Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri. (I married a coach, so we moved a bit.) Most of their messages to me center around how much they felt validated, respected, and inspired to learn.  

    Happy Birthday, John Holt. And many happy returns of the day. And THANK YOU for affecting me as a young teacher, mom, and eventually psychologist. I am a grateful disciple.

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