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Escape from childhood
Holt, John Caldwell, 1923-1985.
[First edition].
Publication Information:
New York : E. P. Dutton, 1974.
Physical Description:
286 pages ; 22 cm
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The Needs and Rights of Children, by John Holt. The case for treating children like real people, not pets and slaves, and for making available to them all the adult rights & responsibilities as outlined in the U.S. Bill of Rights. This book will challenge not only your ideas about what constitutes "childhood" In today's society, but your ideas about society as a whole.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
1. The Problem of Childhoodp. 1
2. The Institution of Childhoodp. 6
3. Childhood in Historyp. 13
4. The Family and Its Purposesp. 24
5. On the Loss of Authority of the Oldp. 31
6. The Many "Crises" of Lifep. 36
7. The Burden of Having Childrenp. 40
8. One Use of Childhoodp. 48
9. On "Help" and "Helpers"p. 50
10. The Competence of Childrenp. 57
11. The Child As Love Objectp. 69
12. On Seeing Children As "Cute"p. 77
13. How Children Exploit Cutenessp. 86
14. Love May Not Cure Everythingp. 94
15. What Children Need, We All Needp. 105
16. On the Use of the Word "Rights"p. 109
17. The Right to Votep. 114
18. The Right to Workp. 128
19. The Right to Own Propertyp. 144
20. The Right to Travelp. 147
21. The Right to Choose One's Guardianp. 156
22. The Right to a Guaranteed Incomep. 168
23. The Right to Legal and Financial Responsibilityp. 172
24. The Right to Control One's Learningp. 186
25. The Right to Use Drugsp. 193
26. The Right to Drivep. 208
27. The Law, the Young, and Sexp. 210
28. Steps to Takep. 216