Free to Learn

Free to Learn

Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life

“Peter Gray…forces us all to rethink our convictions on how schools should be designed to accommodate the ways that children learn.” –Steven Pinker

In Free to Learn, developmental psychologist Peter Gray argues that in order to foster children who will thrive in today’s constantly changing world, we must entrust them to steer their own learning and development. Drawing on evidence from anthropology, psychology, and history, he demonstrates that free play is the primary means by which children learn to control their lives, solve problems, get along with peers, and become emotionally resilient. A brave, counterintuitive proposal for freeing our children from the shackles of the curiosity-killing institution we call school, Free to Learn suggests that it’s time to stop asking what’s wrong with our children, and start asking what’s wrong with the system. It shows how we can act-both as parents and as members of society-to improve children’s lives and to promote their happiness and learning.

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Genre: Nonfiction / Psychology / Education & Training

On Sale: March 5th 2013

Price: $11.99

Page Count: 288

ISBN-13: 9780465037919

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"[Free to Learn is] a powerful agent of transformation. I'd like to put a copy in the hands of every parent, teacher, and poligcy maker."—
"If you've ever wondered why your curious kid is turning into a sullen slog at school, Peter Gray's Free to Learn has the answer. He also has the antidote."—Lenore Skenazy, author of Free-Range Kids
"Weaving together evidence from psychology, history, and anthropology, [Gray] makes the case that compulsory schooling is not only misguided but deeply damaging, an affront to the playful instincts of childhood."—
Psychology Today
"Anyone who cares about learning should read Free to Learn. Gray's book is a compelling and easy read; if everyone would read it with an open mind, a wholesale revolution in education (right through to university) would be the inevitable outcome."—Dissident Voice
"This is an extraordinary and relevant book for unschooling parents, and those who care about the well-being of the children in their lives."—Home Education Magazine