Published Online: October 15, 2013
Published in Print: October 16, 2013, as Plato Would Have Agreed That Play Is Schools' Missing Standard

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Plato Would Have Agreed That Play Is Schools' Missing Standard

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To the Editor:

"Do not, then, my friend, keep children to their studies by compulsion but by play." Plato wrote this in The Republic. Who would have thought Plato would have come up with a statement as bold as this?

In our society—with its testing, scope and sequence, and standards—play is the one standard missing from schools. As an educator, I never realized how important this was until I became a mom.

What happened to a great man's philosophy? I believe many teachers need to be able to incorporate play into their day just a little more. It may make their classrooms a happier place.

Terri Crowley
Pennsauken, N.J.
The writer taught and coached literacy in public schools for 13 years and is now a substitute teacher in several districts.

Vol. 33, Issue 08, Page 28

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