“Friedrich Froebel, the un-sung creator of Kindergarten, protested the “stamping and molding” educational process of his time that squelched creativity. He maintained that through play, children could develop into “free, thinking, independent people.” The Kindergarten, (literally, a “children’s garden”), was intended to be an environment that would nurture the true nature of the child instead of merely training them for maximum economic productivity.”
Reading this post from Community Playthings I’m wondering if we are continuing to ‘stamp and mould’ our young people instead of providing the opportunities to learn and flourish for themselves.
What do you think?
How much of a child’s day is teacher, parent or adult directed?
What is happening in your Discovery Time session? Are you directing all the action or are you setting the scene where children can explore, discover and learn for themselves?