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January 18, 2021 55 min
Pasi Sahlberg puts forth the case as to why play is an essential part of every child’s life. We discover the benefits of children and young people when they follow their own ideas and interests, in their own way, and for their own reasons. What's the most convincing evidence in favour of play? Also, a tribute to Sir Ken Robinson. Bio Pasi Sahlberg is a Finnish educator and a global leader in education reform. As a policy advisor in Finland, he has studied education systems and advised education leaders around the world. Pasi was  awarded the Lego Prize in 2016 for his dedication to improve the lives of children around the world. As an author, his book “Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland”  won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award.   In 2019, he and William Doyle co-authored Let the Children Play: Why More Play Will Save Our Schools and Help Children Thrive. He is currently a Professor of Education Policy and Deputy Director of the Gonski Institute at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Episode Structure 0:33 - At a playground in Finland, children play  1:50 - Observation: what happens when you just let kids play  4:41 - Ezra's introduction:  can we rethink how children learn  6:11 - The challenges of defining 'play'  8:57 - Structured learning vs. unstructured free play  12:30 - The importance of conversations between parents, children and educators  16:47 - How do we develop the pedagogy of play  22:15 - Understanding more about children's resilience  28:00 - Developing executive functions in early years  30:04 - Where is the most convincing evidence in favour of play?  36:35 - Realigning the understanding of  'play'  41:04 - Great ideas are being blocked due to  lack of conversations  45:13 - Outro and credits 46:54 - Postscript: tribute to Sir Ken Robinson  Links Article by the the American Academy of Pediatrics: The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds. The Power of Play - 2018 Clinical Report Book by Pasi Sahlberg and William Doyle: Let the Children Play: Why More Play Will Save Our Schools and Help Children Thrive. Research by the LEGO Foundation on why learning through play is important. Do Schools Kill Creativity by Sir Ken Robinson Book Recommendations  Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen Moving: A Memoir of Education and Social Mobility by Andy Hargreaves   Contact : Pasi Sahlberg: Twitter, Website Gonski Institue of Education: Website See for privacy information.
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