Children come into the world burning to learn and genetically programmed with extraordinary capacities for learning. Within their first four years or so they absorb an unfathomable amount of information and skills without any instruction. They learn to understand and speak the language of the culture into which they are born, and with that they learn to assert their will, argue, amuse, annoy, befriend, and ask questions. They acquire an incredible amount of knowledge about the physical and social world around them. All of this is driven by their inborn instincts and drives, their innate playfulness and curiosity. Nature does not turn off this enormous desire and capacity to learn when children turn five or six. We turn it off with our coercive system of schooling. The biggest enduring lesson of school is that learning is work, to be avoided when possible. There is no need for forced lessons, lectures, assignments, tests, grades, segregation by age into classrooms, or any of the other trappings of our standard, compulsory system of schooling. All of these, in fact, interfere with children’s natural ways of learning.
"In this energetic though repetitive manifesto, Gray powerfully argues that schools inhibit learning by “[interfering] with the development of personal responsibility and self-direction” by “turning learning into work” and reducing “diversity in skills and knowledge." - The Publishers Weekly
"Gray's observation that mixing age groups can foster the educational process is intriguing, but his advocacy of radically transforming the role of teacher to that of a consultant is more controversial." - kirkus
"Gray research is backed by a fresh perspective to the discourse: his work has focused on studying hunter-gather societies (old and new) and how the children in these groups learn." - Natural Born Learners
"Free to Learn—which suggests that it’s time to stop asking what’s wrong with our children, and start asking what’s wrong with the system—has earned acclaim from prominent psychologists, anthropologist and evolutionary biologists." - Boston College
"Free to Learn is definitely a book that you’ll want to add to your unschooling reading list." - Texas Unschoolers
Online learning has improved dramatically since its arrival. Online content is becoming more engaging. And most students now have an internet device within reach, whether as a laptop, a tablet, or a mobile smartphone. Furthermore, an increasing number of students are experiencing online learning while continuing to attend their traditional brick-and-mortar
More than just a solution, THE ONE WORLD SCHOOLHOUSE serves as a call for free, universal, global education, and an explanation of how Khan's simple yet revolutionary thinking can help achieve this inspiring goal.
While most parenting books focus on changing the child’s behavior, and yes this book will help you support your child to become his/her very best self, this book dedicates more focuses on for parents’ behaviors. Because you’ll have to manage your own triggers and emotions to effectively coach and connect with
We parents want our children to grow into happy adults—but the trouble is sometimes we feel as though our children’s personalities are already more or less set in genetic stone. The good news is that we actually do have a lot of influence. Parenting practices have a tremendous effect on children’s
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Learning how to read was a profound cultural and cognitive shift in the history of human beings. Reading has the capacity of changing the course of one’s life. Most of us know how to read, and thanks to recent research and books, like Maryanne Wolf’s Proust and the Squid, how the
If we value freedom and personal responsibility, we must respect our children’s rights to chart their own lives.
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In many such vigorous activities, with chasing games and formal team sports included, children are testing their own fear as well as their physical prowess.
Researchers who study play in animals have suggested that a major evolutionary purpose of play is to help the young learn how to cope with emergencies.
In age-mixed groups, the younger children can receive emotional support and care beyond what age-mates could provide.
By forcing all schoolchildren to go through the same standard curriculum, we reduce their opportunities to follow alternative pathways.
Forced schooling system teaches children to get a good grade, you need to figure out what the teacher wants you to say and then say it.
Students learn that their job in school is to get high marks on tests and that critical thinking interferes.
We have created a world that is literally driving many young people crazy andleaving many others unable to develop the confidence and skills required for adult responsibility.
In the name of education, we have increasingly deprived children of the time and freedom they need to educate themselves through their own means.
Nature does not turn off children's enormous desire and capacity to learn when they turn five or six. We turn it off with our coercive system of schooling.