Peter Gray is an American psychologist and educational researcher. He is the author of numerous articles and several books including “Freedom to learn”.
The following is a study into the lives, study paths and careers of young adults who had been unschooled, homeschooled or been to Sudbury Valley school.
“It is crucial that it is recognised that the current system of measuring pupils’ attainment and using this to judge schools and teachers is deeply damaging to children and young people, and does not foster the skills and talents that are needed in higher education or in employment, or the attributes that will be valued in future citizens.”
Research commissioned by the National Union of Teachers
The level of connectedness and enthusiasm children feel in school can impact mental health and substance abuse into adulthood. School connectedness is second in importance, after family connectedness, as a protective factor against emotional distress, disordered eating, and suicidal ideation and attempts.
Micheal Strong poses the question:
Did you know that 40% to 60% of kids are chronically disengaged from school? Studies show that social and emotional learning is just as important as cognitive learning for students’ development. School should be about values, not just getting a job.
Jenny Anderson explores this subject: