Play First

Play First

From Teacher Tom’s blog:
“Critics and doubters of play-based preschool often want to know if we are getting the kids “kindergarten ready,” or even, as is the case with the corporate education reformers, “college and career ready.” Oh sure, they see how children, left to learn through their instinct to play, develop a joyful eagerness about learning, about going to school, about life, but, they ask, “What happens when they’re faced with things they don’t want to do?” suggesting, at least in part, that we’re not doing a very good job of preparing children for these dull, irritating, necessary chores. “If all they do is play, when do they learn to work?”
It would be a laughable concern if their “solutions” didn’t suck the joy out of life, leaving too many of us so focused on the dull, irritating, and necessary that we no longer have time for the life of our dreams.”
Thanks for putting this in perspective, Teacher Tom. There will always be time for doing chores and other things we have to do. Why start “prepping” kids for this kind of misery, at the expense of sucking the joy of life out of them and their passion for fulfilling their dreams?

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