ERIC Number: ED046536
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
The Child and Leisure Time. 1970 White House Conference on Children, Report of Forum 21. (Working Copy).
Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC.
Creative leisure activities make a profound contribution to the child's emotional, psychological, physical, aesthetic, and spiritual growth. We, as a nation, have failed to emphasize the importance of leisure experiences upon the individual. The prime obstacles have been two prejudicial attitudes: (1) that leisure is intrinsically less worthy than work, and (2) that survival skills are more worthy than those activities enjoyed for their own sake. A variety of leisure options should exist in the home, at school, and in the community. Our country has provided, at best, an uncoordinated patchwork of public, private, commercial, and voluntary programs that may neglect the less affluent child. One basic national goal should be to design a total leisure climate to facilitate growth in every child. Specific recommendations to accomplish this goal include having the government initiate policies to plan and deliver leisure opportunities for children, making more effective use of mobile and portable units to extend cultural and recreational opportunities into rural and urban environments, having universities develop proper attitudes concerning leisure and leisure proficiencies in their students, and expanding research and development endeavors in the area. (WY)
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Authoring Institution: Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC.