Should children spend most of their time at play, or should they start going to school as early as possible? Compare these two choices

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Should children spend most of their time at play, or should they start going to school as early as possible? Compare these two choices. Which do you support, and why? use specific examples and reasons to explain your answer.

Probably, it is never too early to point a very young child toward school studies. At the very least, one should provide an environment with books, music, and other influences that can predispose a child toward academic pursuits. This is informal education. With very young children, it may yield desirable results. Expecting a child to begin formal studies almost as soon as he or she can walk, however, is unrealistic. A child of that age simply cannot absorb the lessons.

For example, some ambitious parents say that their very young children need lessons at the earliest possible age Instead of being allowed to play. Those parents are forgetting that play is a very small child’s business. Through play, the child learns coordination and discovers countless things, from colors to animal behavior. From every session of play, a little child learns something. Play is the earliest form of education. Thus, education does begin at an early age, at the moment the child starts to play.

It is worth examining “child prodigies” who were spurred toward academic excellence from earliest childhood. Famed mathematician Norbert Wiener is a good example. He was a brilliant child but was never allowed to develop through interaction with other children – the emotional conditioning and social skills that other, less brilliant but more “playful children are allowed to acquire. Wiener grew up to be an academic wonder, but also an unhappy and maladjusted man. One has to admire him, but must pity him as well.

There comes a time, of course, when formal study must take the place of play. Life requires serious preparation, and at a certain age that preparation must begin. Early childhood, however, is not that age. A very young child has other, more fundamental lessons to learn: and play is the way to learn them.

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