March 11, 2006
Kathy Hirsch-Pasek gave a presentation at The New York Public Library on March 11, 2006, in which she discussed how our children really learn and why they need to play more and memorize less.
"PLAY is to early childhood education what gas is to car. It is the very fuel of every intellectual activity our children engage in. Researchers are in universal agreement that PLAY provides a strong foundation for intellectual growth, creativity, and problem solving. It also serves as a vehicle for emotional development, for the development of essential social skills. In the century, creative problem solvers, independent thinkers, and people with expert social acumen will inevitably surpass those who have simply learned to get the right answers."
KATHY HIRSH-PASEK, Ph.D., is a professor at Temple University in Philadelphia and Director of the Temple University Infant Language Laboratory. She serves as the associate editor of Child Development, the leading journal in her field. She has written nine books including How Babies Talk and Einstein Never Used Flash Cards How Our Children REALLY Learn—and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less, co-authored by Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Ph.D., with Diane Eyer, Ph.D.
This program was funded by Library Services and Technology Act Funds, awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.