What is honoured in our country?

Outdoor play

Here's a thought-provoking passage from the book Their Name Is Today: Reclaiming Childhood in a Hostile World.

There is profound truth in Plato’s thought: “What is honoured in a country is cultivated there.” What is really honoured in our country? Is it the forming of children’s hearts and minds? Or is it career readiness?

Every child is different. Each has a unique set of abilities, created for a special purpose. So why force a common educational standard on them? We know children learn best through playing, but play also brings joy, contentment, and detachment from the troubles of the day. In our frantically over-scheduled culture, every child should have a right to play. 

If you’ve read Their Name Is Today and would like copies of the book for your friends and colleagues, you can request them here.

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