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A wonderful study about how important play is in the development of our lives:
play – How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul, by Stuart Brown, M.D., with Christopher Vaughan founder of the National Institute for Play.
From Publishers Weekly
Brown, a physician, psychiatrist, clinical researcher and the founder of the National Institute for Play, has made a career of studying the effects of play on people and animals. His conclusion is that play is no less important than oxygen, and that it’s a powerful force in nature that helps determine the likelihood of the very survival of the human race. Having studied thousands of people’s play histories, from murderers to Nobel Prize winners, Brown reveals that play is an essential way humans learn to socialize. Beginning with the very first play interactions between mother and child, and working up to adult relationships between couples and co-workers, Brown describes how play helps brain development and promotes fairness, justice and empathy. Work and play are mutually supportive, he argues, noting that play increases efficiency and productivity (playful folks, he claims, are also healthier). Sprinkled with anecdotes demonstrating the play habits of subjects as diverse as polar bears and corporate CEOs, Brown and co-writer Vaughan (The Promise of Sleep) present a compelling case for promoting play at every age. The authors include helpful tips for bringing play back into grownup lives, including being active, spending time with others who are playful and rethinking the misguided notion that adult play is silly or undignified. (Mar.)
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See more about the book on Amazon.com
This is an interesting OP-ED from the NY Times about overhauling the current curriculum in our public schools:
"If the Obama administration wants to reform education, it should overhaul the current curriculum, which is completely at odds with the way a child’s mind develops."
Read the full piece here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/02/opinion/02engel.html