In this episode we consider vital role of play, and what it does to expand a child’s creativity and resilience.Urban sociologist Tamara Mose is an Associate Professor at Brooklyn College, and author of The Playdate: Parents, Children and the New Expectations of Play (NYU Press, 2016). She tells us about the strengths and perils of playdates, and the need for children to have unstructured play.Educational consultant and teacher, Lucy Crehan, is the author of Cleverlands: The Secrets Behind the Success of the World’s Education Superpowers (Random House, 2017), an exploration of the lessons learned from the world’s top-performing education systems. Her research also highlights the importance of play in the learning process.In Finland, where math and reading scores are among the highest in the world, “they don’t start education formally until seven-years-old,” says Lucy. Instead of meeting academic targets in kindergarten or first grade, “they’re focusing on a much broader educational and social development before they start formal learning.Solutions discussed include: The need for diversity during playdates and in children’s lives, and the developmental role played by unsupervised play. The importance of high academic expectations for older children, and the creative role of play during the school year.Richard Davies and Jim Meigs are the host of the terrific podcast “How Do We Fix It?,” on which they talk to the world’s most creative thinkers about, well, how to fix things. Lots of things. Important ones. Highly recommended. You can find “How Do We Fix It” on Apple Podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This week, the B-Side is thrilled to have as our guests Tamara R. Mose and Brandi T. Summers.
Tamara R. Mose is Associate Professor, Sociology Department and Director, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship at Brooklyn College, CUNY. Tamara is an urban ethnographer whose work has focused on the Caribbean diaspora, race- and class-based processes of social closure in urban spaces, and the family. Her most recent book is The Playdate: Parents, Children, and The New Expectations of Play from NYU Press.
Brandi T. Summers is Assistant Professor, African American Studies and Associate Executive Director, Institute for Inclusion, Inquiry and Innovation (iCubed) at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her research focuses on race, gender, urban aesthetics, fashion, media studies, and visual culture. In particular, her work interrogates identity, memory, place, and history and how planning and urban design practices are implicated in the specialization of race and racism.Her most recent article, “Black as Aesthetic: The Politics of Vision, Visibility, and Visuality in Vogue Italia’s ‘A Black Issue.'” can be found in QED: A Journal of GLBTQ Worldmaking.
Join us as we discuss their work and put a B-Side spin on the gun control marches and on the Stormy Daniels ‘affair’. And, as always, don’t miss our B-Side of the week – Terence Trent D’Arby’s Greasy Chicken along with his A-Side (a Leslie Favorite) Sign Your Name.
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