As kids become more depressed and anxious, limiting screen time is not enough. Kids need... -Less homework and fewer tests -Longer recesses and lunches -More socioemotional learning -More unstructured, unscheduled time to play #MondayThoughts
This piece on kids not having enough free time to play reminds me of another deficit: Adults not having enough time to think. Kids’ schedules are managed to the minute to “fit it all in” by adults that live that exact same life at work. Not good
“America has given up on childhood, and on children”
We Have Ruined Childhood: For youngsters these days, an hour of free #play is like a drop of water in the desert. Of course they’re miserable, by via
In Opinion Kim Brooks writes, "Kids need recess. They need longer lunches. They need free play, family time, meal time. They need less homework, fewer tests, a greater emphasis on social-emotional learning."
“Kids need recess. They need longer lunches. They need free play, family time, meal time. They need less homework, fewer tests, a greater emphasis on social-emotional learning.”
"Kids need recess. They need longer lunches. They need free play, family time, meal time. They need less homework, fewer tests, a greater emphasis on social-emotional learning," writes Kim Brooks.
“Kids need recess. They need longer lunches. They need free play, family time, meal time. They need less homework, fewer tests, a greater emphasis on social-emotional learning.”
"Kids need recess. They need longer lunches. They need free play, family time, meal time. They need less homework, fewer tests, a greater emphasis on social-emotional learning."
I’ve worked with Dr. Peter Gray and believe his work is so vitally important for all families and schools. Please read and share. It’s so obvious and yet, we don’t do much to change this narrative. Opinion | We Have Ruined Childhood - The New York Times
Our kids are not okay, and it’s not screens, argues this author. It is replacing the innocence and play of childhood with two decades of competition to enter middle class.
"Kids need recess. They need longer lunches. They need free play, family time, meal time. They need less homework, fewer tests, a greater emphasis on social-emotional learning."
This extremely serious, important topic deserves much better than the sweeping, unsourced, and dubious claims in this NYT op-ed
We Have Ruined Childhood. For youngsters these days, an hour of free play is like a drop of water in the desert. Of course they’re miserable.
"for many children, when the school day is over, it hardly matters; the hours outside school are more like school than ever... Free play and childhood independence have become relics, insurance risks, at times criminal offenses."
'Many children today are suffering a social-skills deficit. They don’t learn how to start a friendship, how to start a relationship, what to do when someone’s bothering you, how to solve a problem.'
Sad 😔 We are likely creating a generation of adults that is alienated from others and themselves. Eventually social trust or even the ability to work together breaks down. Society wide problems seem likely to follow.
This is an excellent read. Kids need time to be kids. Art, music & recess are important. Let’s bring balance to their lives! #depression #suicide
My kids' school day is shorter than mine 50 years ago. School year is also shorter. They have been lounging around the house with loads of free time all summer. I think this shortage of playtime is exaggerated. We Have Ruined Childhood
Schools are 'training grounds' for the next grade; afternoons & weekends are packed with scheduled structured activities -- "Free play & childhood independence have become relics, insurance risks, at times criminal offenses." We Have Ruined Childhood
Parents, let's start a norm, "free range Fridays." Don't schedule afterschool activities fridays, make it a day on which kids have a chance to find other kids to play with. Start by reading this great essay by .
“Parents who need to work” goes unquestioned.
stop romanticizing "kid free time" - i had tons of it when i was young during which i was relentlessly bullied before maturing into stealing friends' sibs' booze and drugs and setting things on fire/blowing them up- i was saved by structured activities
"The role of school stress in mental distress is backed up by data on the timing of child suicide.“
Childhood is ruined (but we're trying to un-ruin it)
Parents need to expand the bandwidth of freedom in their kids lives. I think it’s more nuanced than this piece. I can say I bemoan single causal agents (screens, snowplows, parent anxiety etc) for complex sociological changes.
This is an interesting argument published in the New York Times today ... and it's backed up by not one piece of empirical evidence. I'm not sure why I should take it seriously
We Have Ruined Childhood
Huh?? STEM is equated with active shooter drills as a cause of children’s depression? Did you fact check this one? Do better ⁦ via ⁦
Opinion | We Have Ruined Childhood - The New York Times
“Have We Ruined Childhood ?” depression rates amongst teenagers rose 60% last decade along with suicidal thoughts as lunchtime, free playtime shrink while homework, tests increase pressure...parents are working harder... via ⁦