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

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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 act,both as parents and as members of society,to improve children's lives and to promote their happiness and learning.

Book information

ISBN: 9780465084999
Publisher: Little, Brown
Imprint: Basic Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 155.418
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 21979
Number of pages: xii, 274
Weight: 252g
Height: 143mm
Width: 204mm
Spine width: 19mm