I just discovered Peter O. Gray’s blog on Psychology Today, titled Freedom to Learn: The roles of play and curiosity as foundations for learning. This is an awesome blog and really worth reading. Here are two of his posts that I strongly recommend. The first states (over and over again) the fact that “School is prison” and makes a good argument for why that is indeed the case. The next post unpacks that statement somewhat by exploring the idea of compulsory education.
For the record, here are a couple of his papers as PDF downloads (I recommend the first, though it may be a bit academic at first glance).
- Play as a Foundation for Hunter-Gatherer Social Existence
- Nature’s Powerful Tutors: The Educative Functions of Free Play and Exploration
And finally here is a video of a presentation he made at the Evolutionary Studies Program at Binghamton University.