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Peter Gray: We Have Almost Destroyed Childhood

In this sweeping article about the importance of free, non-adult-lead play — the kind of playing most of us remember doing, like, all the time as kids — psychologist Peter Gray does not mince words. The Boston College psychology professor and author of Free to Learn (as well as the author of one of the most popular […]

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Are Our Kids Too Safe to Succeed?

. Here’s a chunk of my piece that just ran on  Politico. After explaining that I’m the mom who let her 9 year old ride the subway alone, yada yada, and that our society overestimates danger and underestimates kids (also yada yada), I went on to say that keeping our kids constantly supervised  is  — …catastrophic. […]

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All animals play. Only humans deprive their kids of this.

Play Time Down, Anxiety Up. Hmm.

From “Let the Kids take Risks When They Play,” by Peter Gray (one of my heroes, author of the basic psych textbook used in colleges across the country, as well as the book Free to Learn) in The Boston Globe:  …Over the past 60 years, we’ve seen a huge decline in children’s freedom and opportunity to […]

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