Author Peter Gray, Ph.D. Articles

5 Myths About Young People and Social Media

A new book exposes widely held beliefs about new technologyTeenagers have always been attracted to public spaces where they can hang out, find new friends, and talk endlessly with peers about matters that concern them, away from parents...

Play Makes Us Human

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...

Risky Play

Why Children Love It and Need It. To protect our children we must allow them to play and learn without adult supervision. Fear, you would think, is a negative experience, to be avoided whenever possible. Yet...

Routes Toward Trustful Parenting in Our Time

A variety of social trends have conspired to reduce trustful parenting, promote directive-protective parenting, and reduce children’s freedom over the past several decades. These include the decline of neighborhoods and loss of children’s outdoor pla...

Compassion at Her Core

For the Batek people of Malaysia, nurturance equals leadership.Tanyogn was the kind of person who would be an asset to any community. She was highly intelligent, able to see through specious arguments, able to judge when the traders from...

Why Children Need Community

Our indigenous roots reveal that children want and need to move beyond attachment to their parents.I’m all for natural parenting. The basic premise of such parenting, at least as I view it, is that you trust your children’s instincts and...

Schoolhouse, Rocked

The author of Free to Learn discusses his hopes for the book, and for children’s education in our society.With regard to our educational system, I feel a bit like the child in Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” who...