So what can be done? One immediate fix that we can make deals with homework. Elementary aged children are often receiving well over an hour of homework each evening, with these numbers increasing dramatically through the middle and high school grades (some high school students report 3 and 4+ hours of homework nightly!) Research shows that ANY homework in the elementary grades has NO impact on student achievement. Anything beyond 60 minutes in the middle grades and 120 minutes in the high school grades yields diminishing returns. An AP Bioology teacher from the film pointed out that when he cut homework in half for his students, their performance on the AP actually went up!
It is unclear when or if this film will make it into theaters, but it will be out on DVD at some point in the future. It is possible to arrange for a screening of the film in your community (I HIGHLY recommend this if it is possible) by visiting the film's website and submitting a request. Until you are able to view the film, keep up with this project by visiting their website and fanning their page over on Facebook.
I posted a few questions to Facebook throughout the screening of the film and I'm including a few of these below. Also included is the trailer posted at YouTube.
There is a strong connection between play and learning, creativity, problem solving, and socialization. Why, then, is play being lost from all of us??
Are we letting kids be kids or are we turning them into "little professionals?"