Yes, play is good. Its slightly ironic that you focus on the paramount value of play but miss the satirical, playful tone of my blog post. The thesis- we need to focus on function more than content. Check out my response to Doug.

No need to cite other press releases, magazine articles and other blog posts, lets go directly to the research:

Burdette HL, Whitaker RC. Resurrecting free play in young
children: looking beyond fitness and fatness to attention, affiliation,and affect. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2005;159:46–50

Coolahan K, Fantuzzo J, Mendez J, McDermott P. Interactive
peer play and readiness to learn: relationships between play
competencies and classroom learning behaviors and conduct.
J Educ Psychol. 2000;29:141–152

Fisher EP. The impact of play on development:a meta-analysis.
Play Cult. 1992;5:159-181

and here is the white paper by the American Academy of Pediatrics that summarizes the research (so glad its free for public consumption)-

Here's where we disagree. I tend to be skeptical of all-or-nothing thinking. Instead of viewing television as bad, under what situations does it serve a useful function? And why is TV, and subsequently computer games on a TV, outside of the province of play?

Ask my students whether the eternal hard rock music in my office, courtesy of Pandora, disrupts my social functioning and writing ability. To address optimal functioning in the real-world, with ever shifting environments with endless data and decision points, concrete black and white thinking will only get as so far. Hence my thesis- context matters.


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