Maureen O'Sullivan, President and Founder of Mindful Toys, discusses the need for education to utilize the movement of the body as well as the musings of the mind.
Read an excerpt from the New York Times article "Taking Play Seriously," then reflect on the questions below.
In 2008, Robin Marantz Henig wrote an article for The New York Times Magazine entitled "Taking Play Seriously." Below you will find an excerpt from the article. You can read the entire piece here.
"Parents bobble between a nostalgia-infused yearning for their children to play and fear that time spent playing is time lost to more practical pursuits. Alarming headlines about U.S. students falling behind other countries in science and math, combined with the ever-more-intense competition to get kids into college, make parents rush to sign up their children for piano lessons and test-prep courses instead of just leaving them to improvise on their own; playtime versus resume building.
Discussions about play force us to reckon with our underlying ideas about childhood, sex differences, creativity and success. Do boys play differently than girls? Are children being damaged by staring at computer screens and video games? Are they missing something when fantasy play is populated with characters from Hollywood's imagination and not their own? Most of these issues are too vast to be addressed by a single field of study (let alone magazine article). But the growing science of play does have much to add to the conversation. Armed with research grounded in evolutionary biology and experimental neuroscience, some scientists have shown themselves eager—at times perhaps a little too eager—to promote a scientific argument for play. They have spent the past few decades learning how and why play evolved in animals, generating insights that can inform our understanding of its evolution in humans too. They are studying, from an evolutionary perspective, to what extent play is a luxury that can be dispensed with when there are too many other competing claims on the growing brain, and to what extent it is central to how that brain grows in the first place."
Take Maureen's advice and consider how to implement more movement into your life, liberating both your body and your mind to live more fully.