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The pendulum swings back and forth in education. Waiting at one end of the arc is a myopic focus on academics and accountability, often in the form of high-stakes testing. Fueled by a fear of “falling behind,” learning environments that encourage exploration and experimentation are pushed aside in favor of early academics, more homework, and correct answers on bubble sheets.

Greg Alchin‘s insight:

The idea that play is incompatible with, or the opposite of, learning is a misconception. Play benefits physical, emotional, cognitive, and social development. Play has Flow (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi ) Or as Mark Twain said “Work and play are words used to describe the same thing under differing conditions.”

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