Peter Gray: Trustful Parenting

peter_grayPeter Gray, a research professor of psychology at Boston College, has conducted and published research in comparative, evolutionary, developmental, and educational psychology; published articles on innovative teaching methods and alternative approaches to education; and is author of an introductory college textbook on psychology. He is currently working on a book about the lifelong nature and functions of human play, tentatively titled Born to Play, and he writes a blog for Psychology Today titled Freedom to Learn.

In recent posts he’s been exploring the concept of what he terms ‘trustful parenting,’ and his August 26 post is actually titled ‘Trustful Parenting May Require an Alternative to Conventional Schooling’, and subtitled: ‘Trustful parenting may be incompatible with conventional schooling.’ He suggests two alternatives to consider: Sudbury model democratic schools, and homeschooling (or unschooling). He writes:

“For many parents, who do not have the choice of a Sudbury school, homeschooling may be the only alternative to conventional schooling. In recent decades, as schools have become increasingly intrusive in families’ lives, the number of families choosing homeschooling has risen sharply–to over a million in the United States today.”

Explore the concept of ‘trustful parenting’ at the link above.

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