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Whoa, xcriteria, you posted quite a video. I suggest everyone on the forums to write up a decent, thoughtful, and full-on response. This is a great video that should be shared by all of us.

I agree with what Peter Gray has to say about the state of play and how it relates to school (as well as a number of other social shifts and movements in society), as well as teen issues today. What we have created is a monster, derived from many of our values, that has had a profound negative effect on our society and young people.

I know a lot of people in my school who have a job, for example. In addition, I know so many people who have taken the SATs, applied for colleges, etc. But I've always wondered, why not just take it a bit slow?. I don't care what year it is, we are still young people, and I think it is natural for us to just have fun. I don't understand what our society has against fun and relaxing your mind a bit.

We need to get rid of high-stakes testing that puts so much pressure on teenagers. We need to get rid of the early-age imprisonment that has been happening ever since NCLB was conceived. We need to stop forcing these concepts of so-called "knowledge" down the throats of many kids, and allow them to learn for themselves, and let their brain take them through various journeys. I'm seriously tired of this misconception that supposedly learning is forced and from an older person to a younger person, but people completely disregard the learning that happens from real human experiences as well. I mean seriously, what the fuck has happened? Since when did it become taboo for a person to discover what it's like to be human?

I think more parents need to see that goofing around is actually more valuable than it seems. Even things like video games which "rot my brain" have taught me invaluable life lessons and the world. There's just so much positive in play and the varieties and flavors that it comes in. All I can say is, R.I.P. Play.

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I think play is not only meant for happy childhood development, but also for adults as well. I bet your happiest moments were when you were playing in the snow, going to the beach, or just talking with your friends? Decline of play is also the contributing factor in the stressful living of a state capitalist society, where a minority group of elites run our very lives. Causes of the system include isolation, less sleep, increase in obesity, depression, and just general oppression.

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Murk, you hit the nail right in the head!

Play isn't just some developmental tool that only kids experience; it's necessary for adults too! Why do video games exist, for example? Why do we have so much fun on vacation time? The truth is that everyone needs play in order to experience life to it's absolute best, and to continue an education that can't be structured.

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