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Childs Play And Education

Hour 2:           How could encouraging kids to play more help make them better students? As part of KERA’s American Graduate Initiative, we’ll talk this hour with Peter Gray, research professor in the Department of Psychology at Boston College and author of the new 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, 2013).

  • Maggie Dwyer

    The last few minutes of the program touched on a comment I would have made (I was on hold) – I purposely didn’t subscribe my children’s after school hours with sports and structured activity. They had time to play, to pursue their own interests, and the things that they ended up doing in college had as much to do with their after school interests as it had to do with anything they actually learned from 8am to 3pm. We used the Montessori method – we were familiar with it because of pre-school – and in the process of letting them pursue their own interests with initial supervision, they were creative and could entertain themselves with these interests.

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