Famous quotes about play

who said Play is the highest form of research

Play is the highest form of research. This quote is apparently misattributed to Albert Einstein! It is a great quote though and should be attributed to Professor Neville Vincent Scarfe in his 1962 article "Play is Education" in the Journal of Childhood Education.

The highest form of research is essentially play. Einstein is quoted as saying, “The desire to arrive finally at logically connected concepts is the emotional basis of a vague play with basic ideas. This combinatory or associative play seems to be the essential feature in productive thought”

You can see how someone, not reading the full paragraph above, has mistakenly attributed this quote to the famous Einstein instead of Scarfe.

Neville Vincent Scarfe was born in Essex, England in 1908. He attended the University of London graduating with first class honours in geography. Throughout his career, Scarfe wrote over 100 articles and gave numerous speeches around the world on education. He became a Dean of Education in British Columbia where he worked until he retired in 1973.  Unfortunately I could not find a photograph of  Scarfe.

So what did Einstein have to say about play? Einstein apparently said: The point is to develop the childlike inclination for play and the childlike desire for recognition and to guide the child over to important fields for society. Such a school demands from the teacher that he be a kind of artist in his province.

I found this wonderful photo of Einstein at Outdoor Nation
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Good said...

Love these quotes - thanks

Lesley said...

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