• Essential Joseph Chilton Pearce 54
    Organized Play Deprivation
    disappearance of childhood, play, competition
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    What has been termed the ‘disappearance of childhood’ reflects the inability of many children to engage in spontaneous imaginative play. Why? Because then have not develop the capacity to imagine nurtured by descriptive language. Often the only play is through adult organized activities, competitive sports and games which are not authentic child’s play but the response to adult supervision. It is not the child’s imagination leading them into that play activity. The motivation is wining adult approval and rewards. True sandlot pick-up games were child organized. Children made up the rules and children were the referees. Adults stepped in and too all that away, and with it the ability to self-organize and negotiate human relationships.