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Free to Learn

De : Peter Gray
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Durée : 9 h et 57 min
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Our children spend their days being passively instructed and made to sit still and take tests, —often against their will. We call this imprisonment schooling yet wonder why kids become bored and misbehave. Even outside of school children today seldom play and explore without adult supervision and are afforded few opportunities to control their own lives. The result: anxious, unfocused children who see schooling —and life— as a series of hoops to struggle through.

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.

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 promote their happiness and learning.

©2013 Peter Gray (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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"“All kids love learning. Most don't love school. That's a disconnect we've avoided discussing—until this lightning bolt of a book. If you've ever wondered why your curious kid is turning into a sullen slug at school, Peter Gray's Free to Learn has the answer. He also has the antidote." (Lenore Skenazy, author of Free-Range Kids)

"“[A] well written, well organized and beautifully stated piece of work…. I emphatically recommend this book for any parent as well as any educator or anyone interested in improving education for our society." (Laurette Lynn, UnpluggedMom.com)

"“[E]nergetic… Gray powerfully argues that schools inhibit learning…. [Gray's] vivid illustrations of the ‘power of play to shape an individual are bound to provoke a renewed conversation about turning the tide in an educational system that fosters conformity and inhibits creative thinking." (Publishers Weekly)   

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  • Firecracker
  • 12/09/2018

This is a great book!

Great book!
A lot of information including the history of schools!
Explains the natural ways kids learn. I am so grateful for unschool. All children deserve to be happy with no anxiety.

Kids are being medicated with a sedative just to be able to go to school (this isn't in the book)! This is unacceptable. Some children have Pathological Demand Avoidance and unschool is the way they thrive. There are many other children that could thrive from this as well! It promotes free thinking. We need more free thinkers for outside the box thinking. The medical field in particular REALLY needs this!

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  • Alan Timothy Lester
  • 18/09/2018

Tremendous

life changing information for parents. It's on my list of the 10 most amazing books I've read.

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  • jesi28
  • 25/04/2019

School teacher thoughts

As a public school teacher, now considering unschooling my child, I found this very helpful. It had tons of evidence based stories and research. I’m going to recommend teachers read it.

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  • Lindsay Izzo
  • 20/01/2020

first ever audible, excellent!

We are in the process of switching to homeschooling. I am so incredibly grateful to Peter for writing this book. It was full of great insight into the world of education. I truly enjoyed the history he went into and how the book was laid out. the narrator was absolutely fantastic and I found myself not wanting to turn the audible book off.

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  • Juan Z.
  • 03/01/2020

great book!

very informative and helpful. sudberry valley looks amazing. anyone looking to homeschool should check it out #wellnessrising

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  • Kelly E Workman
  • 21/12/2019

Powerful must-read for parents!

Enjoyed it from beginning to end. Eye-opening and powerful. Will be adopting what I learned into my every day life with my 5 kids. A+

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  • Jandeck
  • 18/10/2019

World changing ideas!

I love this. As an unschooling family, this book has helped give me the confidence to be proud of my choice and not shy away from the decision to tell others. Excellent science based data with storytelling to keep it fresh and entertaining. Read it.

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  • Candice
  • 24/09/2019

Absolute must for parents!

Really opened my eyes to how children develop and deepened my respect for those parents who homeschool and unschool! I will be re-listening to this many times and recommending it to all who are of open mind to alternatives for their children! Thank you!

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  • Luke & Megan
  • 04/09/2019

Great book on the importance of play!

Very eye opening about all the benefits of play. Children learn so much by this activity even though parents may think that they are just wasting their time and need to be learning something else.

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  • Kevin Rojas
  • 30/06/2019

Very interesting and informative.

An amazing book, informs the need for free play and its role for individual development.

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  • Diana
  • 25/04/2019

Must read for parents interested in Unschooling

Loved it. I will definitely hear free to learn again some time soon as a reminder!