In a Fast Company article, LAURA SEARGEANT RICHARDSON advocates for the use of open environments, flexible tools, modifiable rules, and superpowers to nurture the creative play that is essential to prepare children to thrive in the 21st century.
There is a myth, common in American culture, that work and play are entirely separate activities. I believe they are more entwined than ever before. As the Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget once said, “Play is the answer to how anything new comes about.” A playful mind thrives on ambiguity, complexity, and improvisation—the very things needed to innovate and come up with creative solutions to the massive global challenges in economics, the environment, education, and more.
So, my question is, “Are our children getting the play they need to thrive in the 21st century?” According to reports from sources such as Harvard University, Time magazine, Newsweek, and The Futurist, the answer is no.
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After you have read the article, ask yourself: Why is this article in a design magazine and not in a education publication?