Reflections

22

February

2019

22 February 2019

Play is not trivial, it is essential. The science is showing that play is absolutely vital to the development of children and for them to learn skills they will need to be successful as adults.

Last November I wrote about the importance of letting kids play. As academic competition has greatly increased and intensified over the years, we have seen the decline of play for children around the globe. The problem is that this is wrong. Play is not trivial, it is essential. The science is showing that play is absolutely vital to the development of children and for them to learn skills they will need to be successful as adults. This is especially true as automation is making the skills that play develops even more important.

Please click on the World Economic Forum video below. It is only 1 minute long, but it is packed full of information about why we (parents and schools) must give our students time to play.

Dalat is in the final stages of designing new playgrounds that will encourage kids to play. Soon we will start construction of a new playground within the ES courtyard, followed by plans for a new playground in the center of campus.

By the way, parents, the positive impacts of “play” still has an effect on us as adults. Make sure you take time to “play” as well. The benefits will impact various aspects of your life.

Written by Karl Steinkamp

Karl Steinkamp is passionate about Dalat International School and training up young people. Karl was a student at Dalat and returned with a degree in education as a student teacher, high school principal, and now Head of School since 2006.
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