Citing three examples from Chapter 3, discuss the trend of decreasing play activity from school schedules in exchange for more academics. How might it affect children’s development for better or worse?
Children often enter school without the skills necessary to learn because they have not learned social skills like paying attention, sitting sit or taking turns. By applying Vygotsky’s principles of the use of tools, children learn new tools to help them learn and think and by decreasing play activity it takes the opportunity away for children to learn new skills through play. Children often learn how to cooperate with others, be flexible and imitate adults through play, which will help them in the classroom. Vygotsky is also known for his emphasis on societal roles and how they greatly impact how children develop. When a child is young, their classmates form a small society inside the child’s larger society. By decreasing the amount of play activity, the children do not get the opportunity to socialize and form as strong as bonds with other children in their class. Children also learn by a process of adaption meaning that they make sense of new information learned by comparing it to information they already know and then that knowledge can be molded to provide a more accurate match to through accommodation. One could argue that the more time in the classroom would allow the child to gather new information causing them to continuously go through this process.