As a kind of sequel to “How Children Learn“, John Holt’s “How Children Learn” is another wonderful reminder of how children are, by nature, learning machines. They want to learn. They live to learn. All we have to do is be careful not to drum it out of them in school.Again, an annotated collection of memos and journal entries, this takes us through a later period of Holt’s life – after he’s had much more experience running a scheme to assist parents in home-schooling their children – but no less fascinating. Again, Holt reminds us that children do wasnt to learn but that the worst we can do is to try and force that education on them – letting them elect to learn is the best way. Admittedly, this doesn’t always fit in a school setting (I’m reminded of a pupil of mine who keeps wanting to read her book during lessons in which she thinks she’s already suitably qualified) but nevertheless it’s a wonderful read and inspirational, to boot. Again, read it.