Recreational Play Can Be Far More Important Than Academics - The Atlantic

This article's title makes it sound as if physical education and the opportunity for play are more important than a classroom education. While this is true with regards to a young one learning how to use their body and function more efficiently, the mind and the body cannot be separated so easily. Despite the article making a claim about physical education being more important, their reasoning actually supports a more holistic approach. The arguments made in this article are that by engaging in play, whether it be in P.E. or just unorganized, children develop physically, emotionally and socially. While physically could be a dualistic supporting piece, the emotional and social development are not. Emotional development can be linked with the spirit and the mind while the social would be linked to the mind and the body. In both instances the physical education and cognitive developments are both occurring simultaneously and not mutually exclusive of one another. A prime example of this type of holistic observation is when children are at play and they need to communicate with one another to play together. The physical aspect of play is the activity that interests the children and allows for the opportunity to practice the mental skill of communication. This article has helped me see that a holistic approach can be applied to just about anything.



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