Monday, November 14, 2016
Education vs. Play
As most of the English language comes from Greek and Latin origins, it was very surprising to me to learn the close relationship between work and play in the Greek tradition. It makes sense that children learn naturally by playing. That is something we see every day when we see children playing house, school, cops, etc. They are internalizing the world around them and gaining understanding of how the world works. As we grow older however, and as humans make more discoveries, we have been required to learn more and in a more standardized manner than ever before. With formal education being mandatory now, we have developed a system away from this natural learning and more centered around efficiency. We have to learn more and we have to teach it to many more people than we used to. This has made us drift away from learning the bare minimum to survive in a skill and be more “well-rounded” individuals by having a basic understanding in all subjects. This is less natural as we learn more information than we could possibly use in our lifetimes, and makes it harder for many people to grasp this system as they do not fit in this “fill in the bubble” system we now have. I think that many people would learn more with a hands on, entertaining and fun way of doing it, as many people are visual and learn by doing, not by memorizing. Perhaps if we went back to a system in this manner, we would have less problem with a standardized society and its stratified system that it can create.