Give Childhood Back

Today I present to you an article from Peter Gray, research bio-psychologist, in The Independent on Sunday, january 14, 2014.

It begins with:-

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

Hello, curriculums writers and re-writers, are you listening?

Mr Gray continues with this which should give all of us who are parents some pause for thought.

The most important skills that children everywhere must learn in order to live happy, productive, moral lives are skills that cannot be taught in school. Such skills cannot be taught at all. They are learned and practised by children in play. These include the abilities to think creatively, to get along with other people and cooperate effectively, and to control their own impulses and emotions.

For the whole article, go to this page.  The Independent.

It makes for interesting reading and certainly makes me wonder a) how much thought and research, (beyond politics) goes into the formation of curriculum for our schools – and – b) how much the pace and pressures of modern life are taking away from our children.

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