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Cloe Shasha

Associate Programs Producer, TED Content, TED


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What do young people learn from playing?

TEDxYouthDay (www.tedxyouthday.com) is a month away!

More than 105 youth-focused events are happening around the world between November 19th and 21st.

These events will vary widely in size, format, and theme, but they will share a common vision: inspiring curiosity, igniting new ideas, and empowering young leaders.

This year's global theme is "Play, Learn, Build & Share."

While these are all separate ideas, they are also highly interconnected.

What are your thoughts about what young people can learn when they play?


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    Oct 18 2011: I think it depends on what you mean by playing? I think youth learn a lot from playing. For instance, playing with classmates they are learning how to build relationships. If they are playing capture the flag, they are learning how to develop strategies and working with others. If they are playing on an organized sports team they are learning once again strategies, and team work. If they are playing with an instrument, they learn discipline.

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