TimeWednesdays Dec 9- Jan 13, 7-9pm EST REMEMBER TO CONVERT IF YOU ARE NOT ON EASTERN TIME
Peter Gray: Mother Nature’s Pedagogy: How Adults Can Facilitate Children’s Natural Ways of Learning
Children come into the world biologically designed to learn about the world around them and prepare themselves for full participation in that world. Their curiosity, playfulness, sociability, and willfulness have been shaped by natural selection for the purpose of education. Our standard schools, sadly, shut off these natural learning drives. In this six-part online course, based on his and others’ research, Peter Gray will describe children’s natural ways of learning, present evidence of the success of educational approaches that facilitate rather than counter those ways, explain why traditional schooling has become increasingly ineffective in today’s world, and explain why child-directed education, with adult facilitation, is easier and more effective today than ever before. The course is designed for homeschooling parents, people thinking about homeschooling, educational professionals, and anyone interested in the nature of childhood and the future of education.
As with our other paid programs, upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email that includes a link and password to access recordings. Recordings will be posted at that link within a day or two following each session.
Dec. 9. Children’s Natural Educative Instincts and How they Work
Dec. 16. The Educative Power of Play
Dec. 23. How and Why Conventional Schooling Fails in Today’s World
Dec. 30. How Children Acquire “Academic” Skills When Allowed to Learn Naturally
Jan. 6. The Roles of Adults in Children’s Education
Jan. 13. How Digital Technology Is Revolutionizing Education Outside of Schools