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  • 27/09/2015 19:46

We are creating better navigation, fixing any broken links, updating and creating a better site.

More parents turn to homeschooling: 62% increase in the last decade

  • 03/08/2015 19:52

WASHINGTON, D.C. – More parents than ever before are choosing to homeschool their children, driving a movement that’s grown by 62 percent in the last decade. The National Catholic Register reports that recent data from the U.S. Department of Education shows explosive growth in homeschooling among American families, particularly in the last 10 years, when the number ...

K & Preschool Teachers: Last Stand in War on Childhood?

  • 11/07/2015 14:21

Kindergarten and preschool teachers everywhere are struggling to preserve play. by Peter Gray The war against childhood continues.  Children are no longer generally free to roam, play, and explore on their own, as they were in the past and are designed by nature to do (here). Parents who allow such play are being arrested (here andhere(link is external)).  Schools throughout the country have eliminated or ...

How Early Academic Training Retards Intellectual Development

  • 28/06/2015 09:23

Academic skills are best learned when a person wants them and needs them. by Peter Gray In my last post I summarized research indicating that early academic training produces long-term harm. Now, in this post, I will delve a bit into the question of how that might happen.  It's useful here to distinguish betweenacademic skills and intellectual skills—a distinction nicely made in a recent article(link ...

Water Fights and Grown-Up Talk: How Dads Do It Differently

  • 20/06/2015 17:59

Simply being a good dad. Credit: Bike fix by Shutterstock Dads toss their kiddos in the air, they roughhouse, and they're always game for a water-balloon fight. Those may be stereotypes about Daddy's brand of parenting, but they have some basis in reality, at least according to research. Thousands of studies have found differences, on average, in how ...

Early Academic Training Produces Long-Term Harm

  • 23/05/2015 16:23
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Research reveals negative effects of academic preschools and kindergartens. By Peter Gray on May 05, 2015 in Freedom to Learn Many preschool and kindergarten teachers have told me that they are extremely upset—some to the point of being ready to resign—by the increased pressure on them to teach academic skills to little children and regularly test them on such skills.  ...

How ‘digital natives’ are killing the ‘sage on the stage’

  • 06/05/2015 21:55

Digital technology, and those who have grown up with it, are forcing the venerable lecture to adapt to the times. uniinnsbruck/Flickr, CC BY-NC Enlarge The idea that teachers should teach and students should listen presumes that teachers know more than their students. While this was generally true back when textbooks where a rarity, and may have been partly true since the invention ...

Disney Competition Challenges Kids to Design Futuristic Tech

  • 07/04/2015 16:24

Inspired by the upcoming film "Tomorrowland," Disney and X Prize are inviting kids to submit their ideas for future inventions in a video competition.Credit: Disney Enlarge Whether they're designing flying cars or teleporters, aspiring young inventors will have the chance to share their visions for the technology of the future, as part of a nationwide challenge hosted ...

San Francisco Schools Transformed by the Power of Meditation

  • 05/04/2015 22:12
Image: Students at Visitacion Valley School in San Francisco meditate

Students at Visitacion Valley School in San Francisco meditate, as part of a program in which students meditate for fifteen minutes twice a day. Silence isn't something people usually associate with middle school, but twice a day the halls of Visitacion Valley School in San Francisco fall quiet as the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students ...

How do Unschoolers Turn Out?

  • 16/03/2015 10:22

Peter Gray has studied how learning happens without any academic requirements at a democratic school. The Boston College research professor also wrote about the long history and benefits of age-mixed, self-directed education in his book Free to Learn. Over the years, as he encountered more and more families who had adopted this approach at home (these so-called “unschoolers” ...