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Free to Learn

According to developmental psychologist Peter Gray, children are born with innate curiosity, playfulness and a deep desire to learn. But at some point after entering school, kids start to get bogged down with structure, extracurricular activities and adult supervision, turning the fun of learning into a chore. Gray says kids can learn much of what they need if given the freedom to play and follow their curiosity. He joins us on Tuesday to make the case for returning joy, fun, and excitement to learning and education.


Peter Gray is a research professor in the Department of Psychology at Boston College. The author of Psychology, a highly regarded college textbook, he writes a popular blog called Freedom to Learn for Psychology Today. His new book is called Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life. [Your purchase on Amazon or Indiebound supports RadioWest.]

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.