Provide three examples discussing 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 learn how to pay attention, take turns and regulate behavior by playing. In order to be successful academically, children need to have these skills and be able to use them. Children also have better academic performance when they are able to use their executive functions: cognitive flexibility, working memory and self-regulation. Children are not able to utilize these functions without social mediation provided by their peers and other adults, such as the teacher. By shortening play activity in school, toddlers prematurely turn into preschoolers and preschoolers turn into first graders.