“I am not interested in blaming students, or parents, or teachers, or anyone else. I am interested in understanding what is happening, and why, and what we as individuals and as a society can do to improve the situation.”
Category Archives: person: Peter Gray
“A 2007 study published in Science looked at how 4- and 5-year-olds who were enrolled in a school that used the play-based, Vygotsky-inspired Tools of the Mind curriculum measured up to children in a more typical preschool. The students in the play-based school scored better on cognitive flexibility, self-control, and working memory—attributes of “executive function,” which has been consistently linked to academic achievement. The results were so convincing that the experiment was halted earlier than planned so that children in the typical preschool could be switched to the Tools of the Mind curriculum.”
February 20, 2011
The Case for Play
How a handful of researchers are trying to save childhood
My comment is that it is great that there is some science behind play. But honestly, even if it can be shown that kids who don’t get to play much are somehow found to be “better” than kids who grow up in an environment of extensive freedom like Sudbury Valley School (by some measurement someone comes up with…) it’s not worth it. It’s a human rights issue and we know that people (and animals) have been playing and not going to school forever and are just fine. (read Peter Gray’s blog or book: Free to Learn) Kids should be free to do what they want as much as any adult. Well, or more really, since they have no financial obligations and no kids of their own to be responsible for.
Do not make your children eat greens
*Do* love your kids unconditionally.
*Do* respect (more important than love?)
(Peter Gray, the author of this post also talks about the huge increase in narcissism and corresponding decrease in empathy that has been measured since the late 1970s LINK)
Why I’m Not Raising a ‘Good Girl’
The big idea: Children are biologically designed to educate themselves
Playing with your child is not “play” unless you are both having fun.