Radio Interview with All Business Media fm with host Robbert Lethem. Listen as I talk all about the reasoning behind my mission on the importance of play in everyone’s life.
Chris speaks to Peter Finch of the Finch Files about his book “Why Play” and the benefits of playing whether you’re younger or older.
Today’s World Why Play The Role of Play in Early Childhood Development.
Stuart Brown: Play is More Than Fun
A pioneer in research on play, Stuart Brown says humor, games, roughhousing, flirtation and fantasy are more than just fun. Plenty of play in childhood makes for happy, smart adults — and keeping it up can make us smarter at any age.
The Decline of Play
In this talk, Dr. Peter Gray compellingly brings attention to the reality that over the past 60 years in the United States there has been a gradual but, overall dramatic decline in children’s freedom to play with other children, without adult direction.
Are your children/adolescents feeling the pressures and stress of school (generally speaking)? Well, there is a great documentary from a local director called, Race To Nowhere. This film shines a light on the areas of education that call for change. Children are in school for 7 hours, have extra curricular activities after, come home for dinner and then have hours of homework and studies to complete. If they don’t do their studies and meet the grades, then they may not be able to participate in those extra curricular activities. All of this results into our youth, our next generation loosing their self-confidence, being emotionally and physically ill, taking drugs and cheating. They are not having the Childhood that they need. This film was made in memory to a girl named Devon who sadly passed away.
Since the film was released, while still sparse, school districts have implemented homework guidelines that restrict the amount of homework teachers assign. From observation, there has been less studying from textbooks only to more learning topics by both the text and role playing as well as other hands-on activities.
You can attend screenings or even host your own. Learn more at www.racetonowhere.com