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

Book - 2015 | First paperback edition
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LEARNING. 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 interests through play, will not only learn all they need to know, but will do so with energy and passion. Children come into this world burning to learn, equipped with the curiosity, playfulness, and sociability to direct their own education. Yet we have squelched such instincts in a school model originally developed to indoctrinate, not to promote intellectual growth.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2015
Edition: First paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780465084999
Branch Call Number: 155.41 GRAY j
Characteristics: xii, 274 pages ; 21 cm


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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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