Kids Need to Play This Summer with Dr. Nicholas Tampio

Dr. Nicholas Tampio is a Professor of Political Science at Fordham University who recently wrote an opinion piece for the Washington Post about the importance of play in K12 education as we begin to plan for the summer.

Nick returns to join Mike Palmer on this episode to explore the risks of rushing kids back to school when they need time to play outside. We question the benefits of pushing to catch up on standardized tests when many kids need to catch up on their social development by playing with their friends and other peers. We explore the relevance of the construct of “learning loss” as we contemplate the best path forward as we all hope to return to a semblance of normalcy.

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Episode References

Tampio, N. (2021, February 22). Kids need to play this summer, not catch up on school. Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2021/02/22/summer-school-pandemic-kids/