ERIC Number: ED180578
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-May-3
Reference Count: N/A
Play for Your Life: The Stakes are Survival.
Landau, Genevieve Millet
Work and play are parts of the same whole and the detachment of the notion of effort from the idea of play has had confusing and dangerous consequences--dangerous, because the opportunities for children to engage in vital, self-selected play have been diminished in our society. This has been done partly through deliberate, conscious choice on the part of the adults who govern children's lives, and partly as a consequence of the structure of contemporary society, which increasingly distances children from the natural sources of their imaginative play; from knowledge and experience of their parents' work and of the general world of work; from the institutions, services, and organizations of society. Thus children today lack sufficient models for make-believe individual and social play. The first significant misunderstanding of what play is and does came into being with the emergence of the notion of childhood as a developmental stage during which the child learns through preparation how to take his or her proper place as an adult in the world of work and family life. With these changes and others, children's play was gradually shaped to emphasize the virtues of prudence, frugality, piety, and work. Now, more than ever, due to the rapid rate of social change we need to encourage opportunities to engage in the kind of play which promotes problem-solving and adaptive capacities and to emphasize less programs and tools designed to develop specific, morally approved capacities and skills. (Author/SS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hasbro Center for Child Development and Education, New York, NY.