In the latest one, [Holt] plainly advocates the overthrow of parental authority
in just about every area. He sets forth that children, age whatever, should have the right to: experience sex, drink and use drugs, drive, vote, work, own property, travel, have a guaranteed income, choose their guardians, control their learning, and have legal and financial responsibility. In short, Holt proposed that parents discard “the protectorate position” they have held over their children in this and other countries over the past several hundred years, and thrust them, or rather let them thrust themselves—when they feel like they want to—into the real-life world.
"Oddly enough, the chapter on the matter of drinking and drugs, letting young people do whatever older people do, as well as manage their own sex lives, hasn't brought as much flack as I would have expected. . . . The understanding, sympathetic responses [from readers] have clearly outweighed the negative or hostile ones."
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