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

Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life Author Peter Gray
ISBN-10 0465084990
ISBN-13 9780465084999
Year 2015-02-10
Pages 288
Language English
Publisher Basic Books
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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 actboth as parents and as members of societyto improve children s lives and to promote their happiness and learning

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