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I think Dr. Grey's criticism of school as a factor
in the reduction in play is very legitimate.
But I would like to point out one thing:
Children in the United States spend more
time watching TV then they do in class.
In the U.S. kids spend about 1,100 hours per year
in school (185 days x 6 hours per day).
In the U.S. kids spend about 1,460 hours per year
watching TV (4 hours per day x 365 days).
In the year 2000, 52% of 4th graders were watching
3 hours or more of TV per day.
In the year 2000, 18% of 4th graders were watching
6 hours or more of TV per day.
"Like the sorcerer of old, the television set casts its magic spell,
freezing speech and action, turning the living into silent statues
so long as the enchantment lasts. The primary danger of the
television screen lies not so much in the behavior it produces -
although there is danger there - as in the behavior it prevents:
The talks, the games, the family festivals, and the arguments
through which much of the child's learning takes place and
through which his character is formed. Turning on the television
set can turn off the process that transforms children into people."
- Urie Bronfenbrenner
Converging evidence shows a major shift toward independence around age four.
Attending an elite college provides no long-term advantage to most students.
Pursuit of passions requires time for play and self-directed education.
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