Time to get serious about play

You may have seen this before: a motivational poster, either on a classroom wall, cubicle divider or online, with the pithy epigram: "Play is the highest form of research."

Reactions to this oft-cited quotation span a wide range. At one extreme, there is the view that a sense of playful wonder and joy is inseparable from the process of discovery and learning.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 18, 2018, with the headline 'Time to get serious about play'. Print Edition | Subscribe