The play deficit

In this piece Peter Gray discusses the differences between his own childhood and the way children experience life today.

 

He believes that campaigns in the US to extend the school day are at the detriment of children’s health and imagination - as time to play is reduced. Gray urges us to let children do the things “which make their mothers nervous” in order to assist in their social and emotional development.

 

He concludes that children today are play-deprived and that it is time to give children the space to explore.  

 

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