[Susan notes: Of course the New York Times 'balanced' the issue by putting David Liben's letter insisting that any claim that the Common Core reduces play is wrong. Liben is identified as 'senior content specialist with Student Achievement Partners.'
To the editor
More than 60 years have passed since my generation of teachers was introduced to the idea that play is the work of children. During my 40 years as a kindergarten and preschool teacher, the legitimacy of make-believe as a learning tool held fast. It is the way children learn best, inventing their characters and plots, discovering ever more mature language, logic and social awareness.
Vivian Gussin Paley
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