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Playtime Isn’t Just for Preschoolers—Teenagers Need It, Too

Posted On: 1/2/2018 5:55 PM

Teens playing volleyball outside"One of the casualties of current education reform efforts has been the erosion of play, creativity, and joy from teenagers’ classrooms and lives, with devastating effects. Researchers have documented a rise in mental health problems—such as anxiety and depression—among young people that has paralleled a decline in children’s opportunities to play. And while play has gotten deserved press in recent months for its role in fostering crucial social-emotional and cognitive skills and cultivating creativity and imagination in the early childhood years, a critical group has been largely left out of these important conversations. Adolescents, too—not to mention adults, as shown through Google’s efforts —need time to play, and they need time to play in school."

Read more in Time - March 3, 2015
Photo credit:  Summerfield Waldorf School and Farm

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