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Crisis in the Kindergarten - Why Children Need to Play in School

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Crisis in the Kindergarten - Why Children Need to Play in School

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A study of the loss of play in childhood and an argument for its re-incorporation into the kindergarten.

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Didactic instruction and standardized testing have pushed play out of early childhood education. Meanwhile, other social and technological trends in children's lives, such as increasing screen time and the linking of toys to TV shows, films, and commercial web sites, also undermine creative play. "Adult life begins in a child's imagination," writes poet Dana Gioia, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, "and we've relinquished that imagination to the marketplace."

The withering of imagination in childhood is a looming catastrophe with consequences as profound as global climate change, but much less widely recognized. The very attributes we most want to nurture in our children - creativity, initiative, collaboration, problem-solving, courage - are best developed through imaginative play. Just as decisive action is needed to reverse the process of climate change, we must change course now to restore child-initiated play and learning to our schools and communities.

Published the the Alliance for Childhood, distributed by WECAN.

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Pages 71 pages, perfect bound
ISBN 978-0-9823751-0-5

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