Thoughts

New and inventive uses for my rocking chair. Also a quieter moment after staff introduced game theory into a maths lesson.

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Eventually most teens start study by themselves. It is part of the natural human quest to become useful and effective adults. Of course, they might have just got bored, but either way, it’s a win!

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The first image is a maths lesson. The second image is not a maths lesson, although it is happening at the same time, and is just as important.

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I should also like to point out that that is a real maths lesson, not the nonsense you find in elementary schools. Here, we are using Klein geometry as the set up for the child to make predictions on the transformative nature of Klein shapes. As the predictions are tested, internal models are developed within the child’s mind. The aim here is have the child explore and enjoy (a bit like the work being done on the sofa).

Play allows for the continuous adjustment of an activity, a story, and therefore the rules. We adults can show good models for them to copy. Done well, (such as in this gingerbread house) children can continue mental story-making and begin to acquire the general rules of abstract thinking.

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Providing a space such as F.I.D.S. where children can exercise the altering of rules, and finding ones that are accepted by nature or the community gives rise to continuous and relentless strengthening of the imagination. Once children are used to using their imagination, we cannot know what they will create.

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Play leads to use of imagination that leads to creativity that leads to concentration. That looks like study to me!

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Halloween costume making. Is it Play? Or study? It is Both!

4256イギリス「ガーディアン」紙の記事より

Children should learn mainly through play until age of eight, says Lego Toy company funds research suggesting educational development can be hindered by early formal schooling. So are UK schools getting it wrong?

レゴ社は「子どもは8歳までは主に遊びを通して学ぶべき」と主張します。早い時期から始まる公教育が子どもの教育的成長の妨げになっている、と提唱し、学術調査に資金を供給しています。となると、我々英国の小学校は大きな勘違いをしていることになるのでしょうか?

(イギリスの就学年齢は5歳に設定されています)

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/mar/15/children-learn-play-age-eight-lego

My main concern is that they seem to think that they should start formal schooling at 8! The science that supports play until 8 also supports play after 8. Play has the same merits for a 9 and 10 year old… and beyond.
Could it be that they propose exclusive play stops at 8 because politically it is easier to bring the U.K. in line with European standards than to push for total empowerment of children?

私の懸念は、レゴ社が公教育は8歳からでいいと考えていることである。なぜ8歳なんでしょう!?
8歳までの遊びが大切であるという科学は当然8歳以降にも当てはまる。9歳、10歳、それ以降にも同じように長所があるのだ。
子供のエンパワーメント(権限委譲)そのものを要求する代わりに「8歳」で線引きすることで英国がヨーロッパ標準と一列に並びやすくなると感じたのかも知れない。