Audio Recordings of John Holt

1981

This early interview of John, done in Philadelphia in-between speaking engagements, is a very good overview of Holt's work, and is particularly focused on homeschooling.

John Holt interviewed by Teri Gross on Fresh Air, NPR, 1981, Part one.

John Holt interviewed by Teri Gross on Fresh Air, NPR, 1981, Part two.

1983

Though homeschooling is discussed, the bulk of this talk show focuses on how schools can be changed and Holt's thoughts about that.

John Holt interviewed on Boston radio, WBOS, about the "A Nation at Risk" report, Part one.

John Holt interviewed on Boston radio, WBOS, about the "A Nation at Risk" report, Part two.

1985

This is the raw interview tape that Holt owned, not the final broadcast version. Covers lots of political and educational reform ground about homeschooling, including Holt's thoughts about the influence of the religious right-wing, are homeschoolers abandoning schools, unqualified parents teaching their own, and much more.

John Holt interviewed by David Freudberg/Kindred Spirits Radio, April 11, 1985, Part one.

John Holt interviewed by David Freudberg/Kindred Spirits Radio, April 11, 1985, Part two.

John Holt's Speech to Swedish Teachers

In 1983, just as his revised versions of How Children Fail and How Children Learn were being published, John spoke to teachers in Gothenberg, Sweden and recorded this talk. As I write this in June 2011 Sweden has banned homeschooling because they feel "every child has a right to a professional education." Someday, perhaps, professional education will gain some humility and welcome and work with independent learners rather than banish them.