The And The Modern Education System

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If the body and the mind are considered as a unity, it would be unwise to ignore the importance of the body. However, that is exactly the case with the modern education system. To prepare their students for tomorrow’s world, many schools and teachers try to develop students’ minds by increasing the required course work and the amount of standardized tests. However, they worsen a student’s body condition by depriving him/her of the time to play and exercise. In “The Play Deficit,” the Dr. Gray believes that “the decline in opportunity to play has been accompanied by a decline in empathy and a rise in narcissism” (Gray). Playing is a physical experience that develops the body and the mental capacity to understand other people. The lack of…show more content…
Physical education enhances the mind through giving students a healthier body, but many schools have overlooked this fact. Carlson’s and Gray’s ideas are also well connected to the concept of mindful learning. In “Mindful Learning,” Langer discusses how applying mindfulness to learning processes can free our brains from forming a mindset that limits our ideas. We can justify Dr. Gray’s argument using the ideas of mindful learning. Dr. Gray believes that playing is learning, as children can learn many life lessons when they are enjoying their time. Langer explains mindful learning by suggesting that “tasks are inherently good or bad. To get through the bad ones, we should look forward to the good ones, or perhaps ‘add a little sugar to help the medicine go down’” (222). If having fun is the good task, and learning academic lessons is the bad task, then playing is exactly the “sugar” that helps the learning process. When people are doing what they like, engagement in these tasks leads to mindful learning. In addition to Gray’s ideas, we can also see how Carlson’s argument is closely related to mindful learning. Carlson suggests that lack of exercise can lead to passive experience in learning. Meanwhile, Langer suggests that, contrary to mindfulness, the process of mindless learning occurs in passive learning as
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