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The Opposite of Play Is...

  • 1.  The Opposite of Play Is...

    Posted 08-06-2019 10:04 PM
    Dr. Stuart Brown, founder and president of the National Institute For Play, says that the opposite of play is not work, it's depression. Do you agree? Do you see a reduction in play in our early childhood programs, especially our public prekindergarten and kindergarten programs? Do you think there is a connection between the reduction of play and the increase in suspension and expulsion? How do we address the achievement/opportunity gap while still ensuring that children have adequate time to play!

    Tonya Satchell
    Columbia MD

  • 2.  RE: The Opposite of Play Is...

    Posted 08-08-2019 12:05 AM
    Such a great point! Play matters so much.

    Heather Saunders
    Kontu Inc.
    Ancaster ON

  • 3.  RE: The Opposite of Play Is...

    Posted 08-08-2019 07:47 AM
    I referenced Dr. Brown in a training I did about why adults need play. I absolutely think that because children are moving and playing less, their anxiety and negative behaviors increase. I've talked to so many elementary teachers that have decided to come to preschool because they were frustrated by the restrictions put on students. I'd love to see more of the project approach in elementary schools; we use it in preschool and it gives the children so many opportunities to learn, build resilience, move, share their interests.

    Amy Latta
    Lead NC PreK Teacher
    "All that is gold does not glitter; not all who wander are lost." --J.R.R. Tolkien

  • 4.  RE: The Opposite of Play Is...

    Posted 08-09-2019 03:57 PM
    What an important topic. I feel like everyone on this forum agrees on the importance of play, but the repercussions of play-deprivation are not always fully hashed out.

    I stumbled across this article today and was so disturbed. Play isn't just important, it's a HUGE piece to the bigger puzzle. It's really almost scary. It's up to us and other educators, stake holders, and policy makers to ensure play and social emotional learning in schools.

    Annika Mehta
    Owner, Story Spark
    Amarillo, TX