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MIssing Play and Whimsy

Taylor Milne's picture

Both the Sunstein and Henig articles posed different but important problems that have arisen in the society we live in today. Sunstein resonated with me in the idea that people are being catered to too much, and the idea of curiosity is losing its impact as we as humans are being fed so much information all of the time, and it is hard to sort out what we really want to spend our time on, rather than having a newspaper to look at and sort through to find those special events or activites that peak our interests. 

The Henig article brought me back to the kind of discussions I was having in High School, I was in a really special place where all of the teachers and students alike recognized that all of the standardized tests and requirements were kind of ridiculous, and I feel that they dont allow students to be creative, because they are always looking to do well on the next assignment. This is almost the same with play and how it was explained as a place where children do not have as great of an opportuity to be whimsical, and they are more forced to learn music or a language by their parents and society, rather than having the opportunity to discover something that they truely enjoy.