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Author Gray, Peter (Peter O.)

Title Free to learn : why unleashing the instinct to play will make our children happier, more self-reliant, and better students for life / Peter Gray.

Publication Info. New York : Basic Books, [2013]


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 Axe 3rd Floor Stacks  155.418 G794f 2013    ---  Available
Description xii, 274 pages ; 25 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [249]-264) and index.
Contents What have we done to childhood? -- The play-filled lives of hunter-gatherer children -- Why schools are what they are: a brief history of education -- Seven sins of our system of forced education -- Lessons from Sudbury Valley: Mother Nature can prevail in modern times -- The human educative instincts -- The playful state of mind -- The role of play in social and emotional development -- Free age mixing: a key ingredient for children's capacity for self-education -- Trustful parenting in our modern world.
Summary "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. 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, Gray 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. This capacity to learn through play evolved long ago, in hunter-gatherer bands where children acquired the skills of the culture through their own initiatives. And these instincts still operate remarkably well today, as studies at alternative, democratically administered schools show. When children are in charge of their own education, they learn better--and at lower cost than the traditional model of coercive schooling." -- Publisher's description.
Subject Play -- Psychological aspects.
Developmental psychology.
Developmental psychology. (OCoLC)fst00891816
Play -- Psychological aspects. (OCoLC)fst01066943
ISBN 9780465025992 (hbk. : alk. paper)
0465025994 (hbk. : alk. paper)
9780465037919 (ebk.)
Standard No. 40022115065

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