Saturday, 3 February 2018

Give childhood back to children

If we want our offspring to have happy, productive and moral lives, we must allow more time for play, not less.
Because students spend nearly all of their time studying, they have little opportunity to be creative or discover their own passions.

"Play is the natural means by which children and other young mammals educate themselves. In hunter-gatherer bands, children are allowed to play and explore in their chosen ways all day long, every day, because the adults understand that this is how they practise the skills that they must acquire to become effective adults."

"We can't teach creativity, but we can drive it out of people through schooling that centres not on children's own questions but on questions dictated by an imposed curriculum that operates as if all questions have one right answer and everyone must learn the same things."

Wonderful piece by Dr Peter Gray. Read the full article HERE.

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