(Credit: Newman Studio/Shutterstock) When it comes to raising kids, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. Kids forbidden to talk to strangers. Kids afraid to go inside a store on their own. Kids terrified of cooking an egg for fear of burning the house down. These are examples Lenore Skenazy, who pioneered the […]

How a learning disorder diagnosis can become a self-fulfilling prophesy. By Peter Gray Ph.D.  Freedom to Learn Source:Randen_pederson_creative_commons Many years ago, Robert Rosenthal and Lenore Jacobson (1968) performed a fascinating experiment in elementary school classrooms. They led teachers to believe that a special test had revealed that certain students would […]

Shutterstock Languages like Japanese, Korean, Turkish and the indigenous languages of the Amazon, East Africa, and New Guinea build sentences in a way that lets them grow to enormous length. Our research shows learning one of these languages may help children create complex sentences that express multiple ideas at a younger age. […]

Without school, children exhibited increased independence and responsibility.By By Peter Gray, Ph.D., a research professor at Boston College, author of Free to Learn When COVID-19 resulted in closures of schools and after-school activities for children, beginning generally in early March of this year, there were some dire predictions about the effects this […]

Steven Fons. Credit: Calle Schonning Ph.D. student Steven Fons’ Arctic research adventure, complicated by COVID-19. For Steven Fons, returning home to D.C. in June was like coming back from another planet. “It was totally surreal. The grass and the trees were greener than I remembered,” recalled Fons, an atmospheric and oceanic […]