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

eBook - 2013
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Our children spend their days being passively instructed, and made to sit still and take tests?often against their will. We call this imprisonment schooling, yet wonder why kids become bored and misbehave. Even outside of school children today seldom play and explore without adult supervision, and are afforded few opportunities to control their own lives. The result: anxious, unfocused children who see schooling?and life?as a series of hoops to struggle through. In Free to Learn, developmental psychologist Peter Gray argues that our children, if free to pursue their own inte.
Publisher: Washington : Basic Books, 2013.
ISBN: 9780465037919
0465037917
Characteristics: 1 online resource (450 p.)
Contents: CHAPTER 9 Free Age Mixing: A Key Ingredient for Children's Capacity for Self-EducationCHAPTER 10 Trustful Parenting in Our Modern World; Acknowledgments; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
Cover; Title Page; Copyright; Dedication; CONTENTS; Prologue; CHAPTER 1 What Have We Done to Childhood?; CHAPTER 2 The Play-Filled Lives of Hunter-Gatherer Children; CHAPTER 3 Why Schools Are What They Are: A Brief History of Education; CHAPTER 4 Seven Sins of Our System of Forced Education; CHAPTER 5 Lessons from Sudbury Valley: Mother Nature Can Prevail in Modern Times; CHAPTER 6 The Human Educative Instincts; CHAPTER 7 The Playful State of Mind; CHAPTER 8 The Role of Play in Social and Emotional Development.
Summary: Our children spend their days being passively instructed, and made to sit still and take tests?often against their will. We call this imprisonment schooling, yet wonder why kids become bored and misbehave. Even outside of school children today seldom play and explore without adult supervision, and are afforded few opportunities to control their own lives. The result: anxious, unfocused children who see schooling?and life?as a series of hoops to struggle through. In Free to Learn, developmental psychologist Peter Gray argues that our children, if free to pursue their own inte.

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stephaniedchase
May 16, 2016

All parents should read this book, for its detailed look at the history of play, how play helps shape us into better human beings, and how we all can take steps to find the best way for us to learn.

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