The Decline of Play

There are some especially poignant messages toward the end of this:

  • We have to get to know our neighbors
  • We need to develop neighborhood networks (the places where children make friends and playmates)
  • We need to establish places for children to play (we can even open up gymnasiums or school yards after hours for free play)
  • We can put supervisors in parks to facilitate play and keep things safe, but just risky enough
  • We can close off streets to let children reclaim them for play
  • We need more adventure playgrounds in the US
  • We need to be brave enough to stand up against the clamor for more schooling (children don’t need more school; they might need better school, but not more.)

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