Professor Peter Gray argues that society can free children from coercive schooling through learning centers that will maximize their ability to educate themselves without depriving them of the rightful joys of childhood. We agree. Abrome is a self-directed learning community that opened last year to provide families with a real alternative to age-segregated, standards-based schooling.
We created a space where unlimited free play is an essential component of our learning model. We did this primarily because it is the humane thing to do, but also because it is the best way to prepare for a lifetime of meaning, as well as academic, professional, and personal success.
Far too many adults believe that in lieu of free play, the process of learning needs to be directed by adults. Unfortunately for young people, less free time and more mandated learning results in increased anxiety and depression, delayed emotional and social development, inhibited executive functioning skills, and diminished intellectual vitality.
Play is a fundamental component of learning. Unlimited free play allows all people (young children, adolescents, and adults) to engage in the deepest and most meaningful forms of learning, maximizing their creativity, and igniting intellectual passion.
We invite all families to explore free play with us this month through weekly free play events, a book group discussion, and a series of talks, all of which are free and open to the public.
April 26th: the Smart Schooling Book Group will discuss Peter Gray’s book Free to Learn
Working with Clearview Sudbury School and Westbank Library, Abrome is bringing Peter Gray to Austin for three events
· April 25th: ‘What is Self-Directed Education’ at Abrome
· April 26th: ‘Play Deficit Disorder’ at Laura’s Library
· April 27th: ‘The Biology of Education’ at Clearview Sudbury