Author and Early Childhood Expert Peter Gray Presents Free to Learn: How Children Educate Themselves Through Play

Saturday March 8, 2014: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

Over the past 60 years, we, as a society, have gradually turned childhood into a time of resume building rather than a time of joyful play. The consequences of this include a dramatic rise in a wide variety of mental disorders in childhood, a rise in feelings of helplessness, a decline in empathy, and a decline in curiosity.

Nationally-known Childhood Expert Peter Gray, author of Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life will show how children are biologically designed to educate themselves through play. Free play with other children—lots of it—is essential to children’s healthy intellectual, social, and emotional development.

Peter Gray is a research professor of psychology at Boston College who has conducted and published research in neuroendocrinology, animal behavior, developmental psychology, anthropology, and education. His recent research has focused on the role of play in human evolution and how children educate themselves through play. He also authors a regular blog for Psychology Today entitled Freedom to Learn.

This event, co-sponsored by AADL and Acorn Glen Center for Self-Directed Learning, will include a book signing and books will be on sale at the event.