Five Myths About Young People and Social Media

by Peter Gray A new book exposes widely-held beliefs about new technology. Teenagers have always been attracted to public spaces where they can hang out with friends, find new friends, and talk endlessly with peers about matters that concern them, away from parents and other authority figures. Such gatherings are crucial to human development; they are how teenagers expand their ...

The Reading Wars: Why Natural Learning Fails in Classrooms

by Peter Gray The best practices for teaching reading in school do not mimic natural learning. Progressive educators have always believed that methods of classroom instruction should be based on children’s natural ways of learning, that is, on the ways that children learn in life outside of classrooms.  This has led to a variety of meaning-centered ways of teaching, ...

A Survey of Grown Unschoolers I: Overview of Findings

by Peter Gray Seventy-five unschooled adults report on their childhood and adult experiences In a study that preceded the one to be described here, my colleague Gina Riley and I surveyed parents in unschooling families—that is, in families where the children did not go to school and were not homeschooled in any curriculum-based way, but instead were ...

Further Your Education With Online Opportunities

High school dropout rates have declined since 1990, which is optimistic for the future of education. High school, however, is where many educations end. Skyrocketing college costs, both for the institutions and students, prevent the continuation of higher education for many high school grads. As academic alternatives, online colleges offer eager-to-learn students affordable, credible opportunities. Solitary ...

The Human Rights Struggle in Europe: Educational Choice

European families are being fined, and worse, for pursuing educational freedom. Two and a half weeks ago I was honored to attend and speak at the 2013 conference of EUDEC (European Democratic EducationCommunity).  I met many brave individuals and families who are making personal sacrifices in their struggle to bring educational choice to Europe. We in the United ...