This is hardly Earth shattering, though, at the same time, there is so much right and so much wrong with this exchange. These students clearly enjoyed learning at the National Museum of Play, but it felt a whole lot different from what they are accustomed to.
During a time when it seems that children are liking school less and less, do we really feel as though the only way for them to succeed is to coerse them to develop a work ethic? Professor Mary Jane Treacy suggests we meld of the dichotomy between work and play:
I think we really have to break that dichotomy of play and work, so if you’re a student and you go and you work at your classes and play is something that you do afterwards. And I really think that that’s a false dichotomy and we need to change that, so I’m gonna have to bring those together. We first have to do that among ourselves, the faculty.
What if that so called work ethic we so desire in schools was actually a play ethic? What if the process of playing developed the very habits, tendencies and dispositions that we wish to invoke through a forced “work ethic”?
What if we really believed that “play is our brain’s favorite way of learning”?