Joseph Chilton Pearce – Play as Learning
MM: Joe, I have been using the phrase "the intelligence of play for many years. What is the relationship between play and learning?
J: They are certainly interdependent. You can't have real learning with a child unless they are playing. Real playing is how real learning takes place. You can have conditioning and a Pavlovian conditioning of his dogs, or behaviors modifications through other means which we look on as very serious, and we generally call learning, but it's not learning. It's conditioning. Real learning takes place by what Maria Montessori would call the absorbent mind of the child. Simply absorbing their universe, absorbing it, becoming it, and they do this through play. Play can be the most serious undertaking of a child's life. It is the most serious undertaking. / Interview with Joe and Michael Mendizza