New York Times article: Playing to Learn

08Feb10

I might be repeating myself here. But having gone to an American university where fun and frivolity definitely took second billing to serious graft, I’m really happy to see more and more commentators expounding the importance of play.

This is taken from a recent New York Times article, where the author – an educational psychologist – puts it pretty clearly:

“Research has shown unequivocally that children learn best when they are interested in the material or activity they are learning. Play — from building contraptions to enacting stories to inventing games — can allow children to satisfy their curiosity about the things that interest them in their own way. It can also help them acquire higher-order thinking skills, like generating testable hypotheses, imagining situations from someone else’s perspective and thinking of alternate solutions.”

I really do hope that someone takes this seriously, and they start incorporating play into all levels of education. I’d love it to be part of the formal curriculum over here as well.

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