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Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life Paperback – 26 Feb 2015

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; Reprint edition (10 Feb. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465084990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465084999
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"[Free to Learn is] a powerful agent of transformation. I'd like to put a copy in the hands of every parent, teacher, and poligcy maker."--Mothering.com

"If you've ever wondered why your curious kid is turning into a sullen slog at school, Peter Gray's Free to Learn has the answer. He also has the antidote."--Lenore Skenazy, author of Free-Range Kids

"Weaving together evidence from psychology, history, and anthropology, [Gray] makes the case that compulsory schooling is not only misguided but deeply damaging, an affront to the playful instincts of childhood."--Psychology Today

"Anyone who cares about learning should read Free to Learn. Gray's book is a compelling and easy read; if everyone would read it with an open mind, a wholesale revolution in education (right through to university) would be the inevitable outcome."--Dissident Voice

"This is an extraordinary and relevant book for unschooling parents, and those who care about the well-being of the children in their lives."--Home Education Magazine

"Peter Gray...forces us all to rethink our convictions on how schools should be designed to accommodate the ways that children learn."--Steven Pinker

"In Free to Learn, a passionate paean to the kind of free play and free learning exemplified by Smith's example, Peter Gray, an evolutionary psychologist at Boston College, makes a largely compelling case that children learn best when unencumbered by adult-imposed activities and institutions."--American Journal of Play

"Free to Learn stimulates a parent's thinking about what kind of learning environment helps their child learn and adjust best, and then how to simulate that environment at home or out of school if it doesn't exist among their school options.... Gray has caused me to re-focus my grandparenting activities in ways that will encourage freedom of learning and play. We may not be able to change the world, but we can help our children adapt better to it."--PyschCentral

"A great one...this important book makes a strong case for life learning."--Life Learning Magazine

"Free to Learn is a courageous and profoundly important book. Peter Gray joins the likes of Richard Louv and Alfie Kohn in speaking out for a more humane, compassionate and effective approach to education"--Frank Forencich, author of Exuberant Animal and Change Your Body, Change the World

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A child development expert shows why "unschooling" is the best way to get kids to learn

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