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Moving within the past seven years from the status of a novel proposal through a phase of sporadic experimentation, the idea of school-recognition programs has now apparently reached the stage of institutionalization. While there is no assurance that such programs will reach the level of widespread diffusion, the developments of the recent past suggest that the underlying idea has many underrated attractions. Not simply a low-cost way of stimulating interschool competition and providing recognition for groups of educa6tors who are operating wholesome schools, these programs offer a means of widening a system of accountability without radically reorganizing existing administrative structures.
At a recent conference of the International Council of Children's Play in Suhl, East Germany, the host country's Minister of Culture informed the assembly that 95 percent of the children in East Germany attend all-day preschools from ages 3 to 6. He also lauded children's play both as the chief means to the growth of creativity in children and, when guided by the schools, as a major factor in the development of the ''socialist personality."
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