A look inside the Post Oak High School program. Enjoy!
|Fall Odyssey, 2015|
The article is titled: "The Decline of Play and Rise in Children's Mental Disorders"
The leading points as to why (according to Gray):
- Decline in Young People's Sense of Personal Control Over Their Fate
- Shift Toward Extrinsic Goals, Away From Intrinsic Goals
The value of free play?
Free play and exploration are, historically, the means by which children learn to solve their own problems, control their own lives, develop their own interests, and become competent in pursuit of their own interests. (Gray)
By depriving children of opportunities to play on their own, away from direct adult supervision and control, we are depriving them of opportunities to learn how to take control of their own lives. We may think we are protecting them, but in fact we are diminishing their joy, diminishing their sense of self-control, preventing them from discovering and exploring the endeavors they would most love, and increasing the odds that they will suffer from anxiety, depression, and other disorders. (Gray)This matters even into adolescence. Why? The core task of a teenager is becoming an adult. Adults are (almost by definition) self-directed, self-aware, and prepared to make a contribution to human civilization. If young adults have self-doubt instead of self-confidence, their efforts to contribute are undermined (by their own prior development).
Yes, it's time to re-think education. Perhaps by re-visiting some 100-year old ideas that never went out of style. ;-)
Posted by James Moudry at 06:00