Free to Learn: 2nd Annual Maker Party

Free to Learn: 2nd Annual Maker Party

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This going to be a great party. Our studnets will show their work and Peter Gray will inform us on children thriving as learners when we let them go.

We are excited to present our Second Annual Maker Party at Casino Theater at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. This is a two part event, including a student showcase from 5-7,  and a special speaker and author, Peter Gray, from 7-8. In addition there will be food and fun for the whole family.

Peter passionately and clearly articulates a vision for liberating children from the shackles of traditional learning via his Psychology Today blog and his book, Free to Learn, Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant and Better Students for Life. I  had the pleasure of spending an afternoon traipsing the through the Massachusetts’s woods discussing the history of “learning.” Whether you agree with his strong perspective or not, Peter has lots of food for thought.

In Free to Learn, developmental psychologist Peter argues that our children, if free to pursue their own interests through play, will not only learn all they need to know, but will do so with energy and passion. Children come into this world burning to learn, equipped with the curiosity, playfulness, and sociability to direct their own education. Yet we have squelched such instincts in a school model originally developed to indoctrinate, not to promote intellectual growth.

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