Soccer league, t-ball practice, swimming lessons, computer camp... American kids are gearing up for another busy summer. But whatever happened to lazy days spent catching frogs... weaving daisy chains... building tree forts and paddling in creeks? In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge – putting the play back in childhood.
Etta Kralovec is a former teacher, director of teacher education at the College of Atlanta, and the author of "The End of Homework." She tells Jim Fleming that piling on homework doesn't improve children's edcation, and might even hurt! Also commentator David Maraniss, author of best-selling biographies of Bill Clinton and Vince Lombardi, remembers the ball games of his childhood.SEGMENT 2:
Rusty Keeler is the founder and designer of Planet Earth Playscapes. He tells Steve Paulson about using natural materials, plants and sound-scapes to create alternative play spaces instead of bulldozed fields full of equipment. You can see pictures of his playscapes at earthplay.net.SEGMENT 3:
Child therapist Larry Cohen is the author of "Playful Parenting." He tells Anne Strainchamps how to transform some common parent/child problem areas into positive, fun opportunities for play. Also, commentator David Wallace tells about teaching his son to play one of his favorite childhood games.Cassette copies are available at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 01-06-10-A.
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