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Lesson Plans

Re: question of blame

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Bob Greaves (
Mon, 30 Mar 1998 10:30:18 +1000

We have an excellent public radio system here the Australian
Broardcasting Coorporation. Last Thursday on their midday programme
"The World Today" there was a US psychologist who had worked extensively
in Australia and New Zealand who suggested that children have lost the ability to
(or rather are denied the opportunity to...) use play to establish worthwhile
human relationships. To find out how societies work. Children who
cannot play naturally in the school ground or in their neighbourhood,
free from the fear of adult intervention, do not discover how to
relate as adults. Our overcrowded planet too has forced adults to be
more wary in letting their children play naturally.
The psychologist also suggested that children are prevented from
meeting and having contact with adults other than their parents and
immediate teachers. They do not know how or have not learned how to
have contact with other humans without the fear of agressive or
molesting behaviour.
It is interesting to observe children and parents when we conduct our
"Children Working With Wood" activity at public places. We did it at
a rural agricultural show on Saturday. Possible 2-300 children
participated, freely. Children are encouraged to make what ever they
like without an adult telling them what to make. Children who have
never met one another before work side by side and share. Parents feel
secure in allowing their children to work with (adults) teachers they have
never met before. I am convinced there is more than a creative
outcome for children when they work in this way.
Bob Greaves.