Play, Active Learning and the Common Core

In a recent Washington Post article, Dr. Deborah Kenny, founder and chief executive of Harlem Village Academies, explores the perceived conflict between achieving the curricular standards specified in the controversial Common Core, and the active learning approach promoted by Waldorf Education and other educational approaches. Her conclusion is that the two goals do not at all conflict: Active learning and play are highly effective in achieving the Common Core Standards. She reminds us that:

"In fact, the authors of the Common Core write, “the standards define what all students are expected to know and be able to do, not how teachers should teach.”"

And that:

Play is not a break from learning or a way to fill time for the little ones: play, imagination and discovery are how kindergartners learn.