Play in Education

Play in Education

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...criminal. He is obeying an instinct that is not only legitimate but vital, and which, if it finds every lawful channel choked up, will seek an outlet at the next available point. If there is a man clothed in dignity and a blue coat especially hired to chase you if you will only take the necessary means to gain his interest, --and if there is nothing else to d0, --it is a flying in the face of Providence not to make the most of what fortune so considerately sends. But tag is not the only game, and the policeman is not the only one who knows it. Nor is the irate grocery man his only substitute. Give a boy a chance at football, basketball, hockey, or "the game"; give him an opportunity to perform difficult and dangerous feats on a horizontal bar, on the flying rings, or from a diving board, --and the policeman will need a gymnasium himself to keep his weight down. This is not theory, but is the testimony you will get from any policeman, schoolmaster, or social worker who has been in a neighborhood before and after a playground was started there. Is play a necessity? Yes, if the child lives and is a whole child. If he is above ground, and the best part has not been starved quite out of him, play there is certain to be, if not in one form, then. in another. The "boy problem," as we call it, is really the grown-up problem. The boy is all right. He breaks our laws, but he does so 'in obedience to a law that is older than ours, a law that has never failed to get its way or else impose a penalty--and to collect it. The penalty, as is the way with such, is collected of the victim. It is being collected now in our jails and penitentiaries, in weakened and perverted lives--the normal and inevitable results of allowing more

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  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 268g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236768930
  • 9781236768933