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Articles by Peter Gray
Play Makes Us Human: Hunter-Gatherers' Playful Parenting
Peter Gray, Ph.D. · Have you ever noticed how we, as a society, use agricultural metaphors to talk about parenting and education? We speak of raising children, just as we speak of raising tomatoes or chickens. We speak of training children, just as we...
Seven Sins of Our System of Forced Education
Peter Gray, Ph.D. · Sometimes I find, no matter how uncomfortable it makes me and others feel, I have to speak the truth. We can use all the euphemisms we want, but the literal truth is that schools, as they generally exist in the United States and other...
Why Children Protest Going to School
Peter Gray · Most children in our society protest going to school. Am I telling you something new?  They protest in many ways—by feigning illness, by dragging their feet in the morning, by doing the least they can to meet the school's demands (or...
School Is a Prison - And Damaging Our Kids
Peter Gray · Longer school years aren't the answer. The problem is school itself. Compulsory teach-and-test simply doesn't work.
How Hunter-Gatherers Maintained Their Egalitarian Ways: Three Complementary Theories
Peter Gray · As regular readers of this blog know, I have in previous posts commented on hunter-gatherers' playfulness; their playful religious practices; their