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

by Peter Gray

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

A leading expert in childhood development makes the case for why self-directed learning—"unschooling"—is the best way to get kids to learn.


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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465084999
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 02/10/2015
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 237,858
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Peter Gray is a research professor in the Department of Psychology at Boston College. The author of Psychology, a highly regarded college textbook, he writes a popular blog called Freedom to Learn for Psychology Today. He lives in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents


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 Education Instincts

Chapter 7. The Playful State of Mind

Chapter 8. The Role of Play in Social and Emotional Development

Chapter 9. Free Age Mixing: A Key Ingredient for Children’s Capacity for Self-Education

Chapter 10. Trusting Parenting in Our Modern World

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