Jan 21, 2021
In this episode, Dr. Bob welcomes Peter Gray back to the Hamilton Review. Peter goes into detail about the importance of children having time and freedom to play - playing is their job and it is critical for parents to honor that. With the rise of technology, increased screen time, less opportunity to explore the outdoors and now a worldwide pandemic, children are at an increased risk for depression, ADHD and even suicide. Peter also talks about his non profit organization, Let Grow. Let Grow equips parents, educators, and communities with the tools and confidence to raise independent kids who are ready to succeed in our ever-changing world.
Friends, this is an important discussion for anyone with children in their life, don't miss part two of this conversation.
Peter Gray is a research professor of psychology at Boston College who has conducted and published research in neuroendocrinology, developmental psychology, anthropology, and education. He is author of an internationally acclaimed introductory psychology textbook (Psychology, Worth Publishers, now in its 8th edition), which views all of psychology from an evolutionary perspective. His recent research focuses on the role of play in human evolution and how children educate themselves through play and exploration, when they are free to do so. He has expanded on these ideas in his book, Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life (Basic Books). He also authors a regular blog called Freedom to Learn, for Psychology Today magazine. He is one of the founders of the nonprofit Alliance for Self-Directed Education and of the nonprofit Let Grow, the mission of which is to renew children's freedom to play and explore independently of adult control.
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