By Peter Gray Ph.D. Freedom to Learn Converging evidence shows a major shift toward independence around age four. My earliest clear memories of events I experienced, which are not simply memories of stories told to me about my childhood, are from when I was 4 years old. I know, because those memories are clearly situated […]

Credit: Jamesboy Nuchaikong/Shutterstock) Ah, adolescence. A time of change, of navigating awkward social situations, figuring out who you are, maybe holding down that first job or focusing on extracurriculars — all while juggling the demands of school. And for most teens, managing all of this happens on too little sleep. To […]

Writing for pleasure improves long-term learning outcomes in a range of areas, including maths and science. www.shutterstock.com NAPLAN results indicate a decline in students’ ability to write. Outcomes in literacy, including writing, affect student achievement across multiple subject areas (including maths and science). There is a clear link between students being engaged with writing and […]

It makes sense for children in the early stages of learning to read to be given decodable books. www.shutterstock.com A child’s early experiences with books both at home and later in school have the potential to significantly affect future reading performance. Parents play a key role in building oral language and literacy […]