the decline of play

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the decline of play

Post by dreambow » Sun Jul 03, 2016 11:19 am

"However, a recent paper (http://www.aeonmagazine.com/being-human ... t-of-play/) Peter Gray suggests that play has been in decline for a couple of generations. And he notes that since the 1960s (when playtime progressively gave way to homework and adult-directed sports) childhood mental disorders began increasing – to the level where anxiety and depression are now five to eight times greater among children than they were in the 1950s. Suicide rates for the age group fifteen to twenty-four has doubled; it has quadrupled amongst those under age fifteen. Also, when schooling fosters competition rather than cooperation, empathy declines and narcissistic self-interest grows. And if the overriding aim is to prepare children for life as exterior (= work, material resources), but not life as interior (empathy, full present awareness and balance), people learn what they’re supposed to do and have, but not how to be."

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Re: the decline of play

Post by Meggo » Sun Jul 03, 2016 1:33 pm

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Re: the decline of play

Post by SeeLion » Mon Jul 04, 2016 3:57 am

For more than 50 years now, we in the United States have been gradually reducing children’s opportunities to play, and the same is true in many other countries. In his book Children at Play: An American History (2007), Howard Chudacoff refers to the first half of the 20th century as the ‘golden age’ of children’s free play. By about 1900, the need for child labour had declined, so children had a good deal of free time.
The analysis seems limited, by the fact that it seems to be mirroring 50 years of play to 50 years of play decline.

And that out of many thousands of years of history.

Also, it's not obvious to me that the decline in play is causing the issues that he mentions.

He could replace the words "decline of play" with decline of freedom or nature, or increase in pollution and technology - and write almost the same article.

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Re: the decline of play

Post by Johnny Dangerous » Mon Jul 04, 2016 6:23 am

dreambow wrote:"However, a recent paper (http://www.aeonmagazine.com/being-human ... t-of-play/) Peter Gray suggests that play has been in decline for a couple of generations. And he notes that since the 1960s (when playtime progressively gave way to homework and adult-directed sports) childhood mental disorders began increasing – to the level where anxiety and depression are now five to eight times greater among children than they were in the 1950s. Suicide rates for the age group fifteen to twenty-four has doubled; it has quadrupled amongst those under age fifteen. Also, when schooling fosters competition rather than cooperation, empathy declines and narcissistic self-interest grows. And if the overriding aim is to prepare children for life as exterior (= work, material resources), but not life as interior (empathy, full present awareness and balance), people learn what they’re supposed to do and have, but not how to be."

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Completely anecdotal but my experience as a parent has been that healthy kids = kids who are actually allowed to be kids, and get to play a lot. The sedentary lifestyles and isolated way people are living these days is bad on all out psyches, especially children.
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Re: the decline of play

Post by dreambow » Wed Jul 06, 2016 12:59 am

I saw a doco awhile back where Chinese children packed into classrooms were given little time for play during recess. Mainly because of lack of space and the time that could be suitably used for cramming in more information. They then found that the children were not getting sufficient light which affected their eyesight... with a great many in primary school already wearing glasses. The authorities swung into action looking for a solution to the problem. After much thought they decided not to let the children play outdoors for longer periods as that would eat into their 'important' learning time.
Instead they have embarked on a plan to place glass ceilings on the classrooms so more light can penetrate the students eyes.
After the program I thought about the matter realizing that light coming through glass wouldn't give the children the full spectrum of light needed for healthy vision let alone healthy play time.

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Post by amanitamusc » Wed Jul 06, 2016 1:12 am

Time to play.

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Post by Queequeg » Thu Jul 07, 2016 8:18 pm

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Those who, even with distracted minds,
Entered a stupa compound
And chanted but once, “Namo Buddhaya!”
Have certainly attained the path of the buddhas.

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