Milestones: Sep. 30, 1985

DIED. John Holt, 62, author and onetime fifth-grade teacher whose eloquent, anguished 1964 journal about his years in the classroom, How Children Fail, sparked a spirited national debate on the quality of the nation's schools, to which he continued to contribute with several other books, including How Children Learn (1967); of cancer; in Boston.

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