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ERIC Number: ED346961
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-May-8
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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The Child's Right To Play.
Guddemi, Marcy
Several factors are eroding children's right to play. The first is continuing poverty throughout the world. This factor is evident in underdeveloped countries and the inner cities of industrialized countries. Changing cultural values are a second factor in developed societies where indifference toward the importance of play is prevalent. The many activities children are required to participate in and the amount of time they spend viewing television decrease the time they spend in play. The third factor is inadequate environmental planning. Developers do not include play spaces in their community designs; pollution and traffic deter childhood play; and segregation of children in communities prevents the child's day from being an integral part of the life of a neighborhood. The fourth factor is an overemphasis on academic and structured studies in schools and preschools. This academic approach hinders play's functions of helping children grow intellectually and learn social skills. Some preschools in the United States, Italy, and Japan are mentioned as examples of schools in which the child's right to play is a focus of the program. Correlations between family income and preschool enrollment in the United States and other countries are discussed. A 16-item bibliography is provided. (BC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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