John C. Holt

Freedom and Beyond:

A Discussion with Pat Farenga

HoltGWS LLC 2017

New Books in EducationNew Books in Politics & SocietyNew Books in Public PolicyNew Books Network March 21, 2017 Trevor Mattea

In this episode, I speak with Pat Farenga about the new edition of John Holt’s Freedom and Beyond (HoltGWS LLC, 2017). This book offers...

In this episode, I speak with Pat Farenga about the new edition of John Holt’s Freedom and Beyond (HoltGWS LLC, 2017). This book offers a broad critique of traditional schooling and its capacity for solving social problems. We discuss John Holt’s transition from classroom teacher to public intellectual as well as the broader implications of schools prioritizing job training over citizenship and self-actualization. He recommends the following books for listeners interested in Holt’s work and our conversation:

The Continuum Concept: In Search of Happiness Lost by Jean Liedloff
Deschooling Society by Ivan Illich
The Changing Nature of Man: Introduction to a Historical Psychology by Jean Hendrick Van Den Berg
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

Farenga joins New Books in Education for the interview. To share your thoughts on the podcast, you can connect with him on Twitter at @patfarenga.


Trevor Mattea is an educational consultant and speaker. His areas of expertise include deeper learning, parent involvement, project-based learning, and technology integration. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at @tsmattea.

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