Quote of the Month

by Yodkwan P., age 7
Krabi Province, Thailand
Global Children's Art Gallery


"Imagine that you had omnipotent powers and were faced with the problem of how to get young humans and other young animals to practice the skills they must develop to survive and thrive in their local conditions of life. How might you solve that problem? It is hard to imagine a more effective solution than that of building into their brains a mechanism that makes them want to practice those very skills and that rewards such practice with the experience of joy. That, indeed, is the mechanism that natural selection has built, and we refer to the resultant behaviour as play."

- Peter Gray,
Free to Learn

Articles by Peter Gray



"The first five years have so much to do with how the next eighty turn out."

- Bill Gates, Sr.



"If controlling another human being is the goal of parenting, then force is necessary. Fear, intimidation, threats, power-plays, and physical pain are the means of control. But if growing healthy humans is the goal, then building trust relationships, encouraging, guiding, leading, teaching, and communicating are the tools for success."

- L.R. Knost,
The Problem with Punishment

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