Patrick Farenga
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Patrick Farenga is a writer and education activist who worked closely with the late author and teacher John Holt and continues his work today as the president of HoltGWS LLC. After Holt died, Pat published Growing Without Schooling magazine (GWS) from 1985 until it stopped in 2001. GWS was the nation’s first periodical about learning without going to school, started by Holt in 1977. Unschooling is a word Holt preferred over homeschooling, since the learning Holt encouraged didn’t have to take place at home nor resemble school techniques and materials. The Farengas unschooled their daughters, now aged 27, 24, and 21. Farenga's most recent work includes reprinting Holt’s Escape From Children: The Needs and Rights of Children (HoltGWS, 2013) and a forthcoming original title, The Legacy of John Holt: A Man Who Genuinely Understood, Trusted, and Respected Children (HoltGWS, 2013).

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