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

Written by:
Peter Gray
Narrated by:
Dan Woren

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2018
9 hours 58 minutes
"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

"This is an extraordinary and relevant book for unschooling parents, and those who care about the wellbeing of the children in their lives" —Home Education magazine

"Peter Gray forces us all to rethink our convictions on how schools should be designed ...” —Steven Pinker

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.
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Britta A.

It changed my understanding of school system totally. I trust myself and my children much more after reading this book. This is an amazing book for every parent and teacher.

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A must read for any parent. The insights gained from reading this book with range from uplifting to world changing.

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Changed my life amazing book!!

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Christina S.

Great book for anyone who feels that normal is not quite normal.

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