Let the journey be shaped by the curiousity of the child…
Last Thursday we were fortunate enough to attend a lecture of Dr. Peter Grey. It was at the Alpine Valley School in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.
Although we were still pretty jetlagged, both Dad and I were really glad we went. It was such inspiring but most of all a great reminder why we are homeschooling/unschooling our children. We have certain believes. And although we feel insecure and really stressed out at some points and we badly do like to shape and control their world, in the end it will be all worth it. Our children will be able to shape their own future. They will be their own bosses. We will show them our believes and values, but they are responsible how they shape their lives. We’re merely here to guide them. Just as we promised.
On YouTube I found a previous lecture of him.
About Peter Gray
Peter Gray, Ph.D., research professor at Boston College, is author of the recently published book Free to Learn (Basic Books, 2013) and Psychology (Worth Publishers, a college textbook now in its 6th edition). He has conducted and published research in comparative, evolutionary, developmental, and educational psychology. He did his undergraduate study at Columbia University and earned a Ph.D. in biological sciences at Rockefeller University. His current research and writing focus primarily on children’s natural ways of learning and the life-long value of play. His own play includes not only his research and writing, but also long distance bicycling, kayaking, back-woods skiing, and vegetable gardening.
About his blog: Freedom to Learn:
Children come into the world with instinctive drives to educate themselves. These include the drives to play and explore. This blog is primarily about these drives and ways by which we could create learning environments that optimize rather than suppress them.