Peter Gray is a research professor of
psychology at Boston College, where his fields include children’s play;
self-directed learning; evolutionary psychology, developmental
psychology, educational psychology, and the role of play in human
biological and cultural evolution.
Gray joined the Boston College Psychology
Department in 1972; he is the author the widely used introductory
psychology textbook, Psychology, now in its seventh edition. He is also author of Free
to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children
Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life, and he writes a popular blog for Psychology Today titled “Freedom to Learn.”
Gray is a critic of standard educational
systems and frequently speaks to children’s needs for free play and the
ways in which children are designed to control their own education. He
is a founder and current board president of the Alliance for
Self-Directed Education, and a founder and board member of Let Grow,
which is dedicated to renewing children’s freedom to play and explore
outdoors, in public spaces, without continuous adult supervision.
Gray majored in psychology at Columbia College, and received his PhD in biological sciences from the Rockefeller University.
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