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Give childhood back to children: if we want our offspring to have happy, productive and moral lives, we must allow more time for play, not less

I’m a research bio-psychologist with a PhD, so I’ve done lots of school. I’m a pretty good problem-solver, in my work and in the rest of my life, but that has little to do with the schooling I’ve had. I studied algebra, trig, calculus and various other maths in school, but I can’t recall ever facing a problem – even in my scientific research – that required those skills. What maths I’ve used was highly specialised and, as with most scientists, I learnt it on the job.


    

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Give childhood back to children: if we want our offspring to have happy, productive and moral lives, we must allow more time for play, not less. Are you listening, Gove?

I’m a research bio-psychologist with a PhD, so I’ve done lots of school. I’m a pretty good problem-solver, in my work and in the rest of my life, but that has little to do with the schooling I’ve had. I studied algebra, trig, calculus and various other maths in school, but I can’t recall ever facing a problem – even in my scientific research – that required those skills. What maths I’ve used was highly specialised and, as with most scientists, I learnt it on the job.


    








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Give childhood back to children: if we want our offspring to have happy, productive and moral lives, we must allow more time for play, not less. Are you listening, Gove?

I’m a research bio-psychologist with a PhD, so I’ve done lots of school. I’m a pretty good problem-solver, in my work and in the rest of my life, but that has little to do with the schooling I’ve had. I studied algebra, trig, calculus and various other maths in school, but I can’t recall ever facing a problem – even in my scientific research – that required those skills. What maths I’ve used was highly specialised and, as with most scientists, I learnt it on the job.


    








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Intolerance ‘stops outside play’

Fear of upsetting the neighbours is preventing many parents letting their children play out, a survey for Playday 2013 suggests.
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Under-fives need more time to play, say carers as they warn of ‘schoolification’ of children’s early years

The “schoolification” of early years education is leaving under-fives without enough time to play, those who care for children have warned.

    




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Play ‘pushed aside’ in nurseries

Experts say the role of play is being sidelined in England’s nurseries because of government shifts towards more formal learning.
BBC News – Education & Family

Dancing teachers play student prank

A video featuring school teachers dancing behind unsuspecting students becomes an internet hit.
BBC News – Education & Family

Play warns pupils of carbon monoxide

A theatre company tours Swansea schools to teach children about the dangers of carbon monoxide.
BBC News – Education & Family

Student grades show work and play

Universities are going to provide much more detailed information about students than degree grades.
BBC News – Education & Family

Tracing the development of play

When did children’s play become important?
BBC News – Education & Family