11-1 | Playful Intelligence: The Power of Living Lightly in a Serious World

Book Review

Playful Intelligence: The Power of Living Lightly in a Serious World

Anthony T. DeBenedet
Solana Beach, CA: Santa Monica Press LLC, 2018. Introduction, notes, references, and index. 263 pp. $16.95 paper. ISBN: 9781595800855

by Peter Grey

First Paragraph:

Children, to develop well, need lots of time and opportunity to play. In play children practice the social, emotional, intellectual, and physical skills required to survive and thrive. The play world, for children, is a simulation world, a safe place to practice new skills and aptitudes, because in play failure has no real-world consequences. (Sadly, we have in recent decades ever more deprived children of play, which perhaps helps explain the sharp rise in psychological problems among the young, but that is a different story.)