When children write freely, they say they escape from everyday thinking. from shutterstock.com Ask a child why they write and you might receive a common response: the teacher told me to. Kids often lack confidence as writers and find it emotionally draining. The problem might be the classroom and its detachment from what writers […]

Nearly half of kids in a study were harmed by their peers. from shutterstock.com Many Australian students don’t know the difference between banter and bullying, with some saying they joke about wishing their friend would “drown” or “die in a car crash”. More than 800 Australian students aged 11-16 took […]

The Legacy Children should be seen, heard listened  to and understood. If ignored or suppressed, they should inscribe their will across the skies of their time, forcing hypocrisy and inhumanity to confront the light of day. And only they shall determine their means. If they do not, when the architects […]

Dads tend to engage in more active, physical play activities with their young children. Shutterstock/pyrozhenka Play is an important way for children to learn about the world around them. Through play, they learn cultural norms, socialisation guidelines and experiment with different ways to interact with their environment. But play between a father and […]

Play counters the tendency to dominate, in humans and in other mammals. By Peter Gray Ph.D. Freedom to Learn Anthropologists who have trekked to isolated regions of the world to observe hunter-gatherer societies—whether in Africa, Asia, South America or elsewhere—have consistently been impressed by the egalitarian nature of those societies […]

Can free-range parenting laws and city proclamations help restore kids’ freedom? By Peter Gray Ph.D.  ‘Freedom to Learn’ Can laws and official public proclamations help to restore children’s rights to be children and parents’ rights to be parents?  There is some evidence that they can. This is the third article in […]