Holtism

Holtism

Paediatrics
A hands-off approach to child-rearing espoused by L Emmett Holt, MD, professor of paediatrics at Columbia University at the end of the 19th century. Holt’s The Care and Feeding of Children influenced turn-of-the-century child-rearing; he eschewed the coddling or holding of children, and felt they should be allowed to cry and suffer pain. Holtism was later linked to marasmus, a condition then associated with wasting and death by age two; frequent physical contact with a caregiver is now believed to be as necessary to an infant’s survival as food.
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To participate in IBM'S Reinventing Education program, schools must agree to work overtime, "extending the length of the school day and school year." Charter schools, another favorite of education reformers, can be havens of Holtism, but they also often display a penchant for uniforms and discipline codes.