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The End of Play: Why Kids Need Unstructured Time
The End of Play: Why Kids Need Unstructured Time
The End of Play: Why Kids Need Unstructured Time
The End of Play: Why Kids Need Unstructured Time
The End of Play: Why Kids Need Unstructured Time
The End of Play: Why Kids Need Unstructured Time

The End of Play: Why Kids Need Unstructured Time

ReasonTV - 2017-04-25

'School has become an abnormal setting for children,' says Peter Gray, a professor of psychology at Boston College. 'Instead of admitting that, we say the children are abnormal.' Subscribe to our YouTube channel: youtube.com/reasontv Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/Reason.Magazine/ Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/reason Subscribe to our podcast at iTunes: goo.gl/az3a7a Reason is the planet's leading source of news, politics, and culture from a libertarian perspective. Go to reason.com for a point of view you won't get from legacy media and old left-right opinion magazines. ---------------- Boston College Psychology Professor Peter Gray says that a cultural shift towards a more interventionist approach to child rearing is having dire consequences for the well-being of kids. 'Over the same period of time that there has been a gradual decline in play,' he told Reason's Nick Gillespie, 'there are well documented, gradual, but ultimately huge increases in a variety of mental disorders in childhood--especially depression and anxiety.' Gray believes that social media is one saving grace. '[Kids] can't get together in the real world...[without] adult supervisors,' he says, 'but they can online.' For more on Gray's work, follow his blog at Psychology Today. Edited by Mark McDaniel. Cameras by Todd Krainin and Jim Epstein. Music by Broke for Free.