"PLAYING WITH DEATH - DEEP PLAY"
This page provides evidence of how the Welsh Government funded play curriculum attempts to place children in potentially 'life threatening' situations based upon the misrepresentation of scientific literature.
This form of play is part of the Welsh Government funded 'play education' sector which in our opinion is teaching unsafe and anti-social practices including bullying, fighting and swearing.
| The Level 2 Award in Playwork
Practice is an entry level qualification on the Welsh Government funded play education
ladder. The course is aimed at school lunchtime supervisors, sport
coaches, holiday play scheme staff etc. The opinion of our analyst was
that the course taught methods of child neglect.
Recommended further reading for course students was the Play Wales / Adult Learning Wales published booklet, "The First Claim"................
| "The First Claim" is
published by the Welsh Government funded organisation 'Play Wales', it
is written by 'Bob Hughes' who suggests that children should take part
in 'deep play' as part of the play curriculum.
'Deep play' Bob Hughes says is "... is essential for a child's personal development".
'Deep play is described as
CHILDREN PLAYING IN FRONT OF TRAFFIC
RIDING A BIKE ON A PARAPET OF A BRIDGE
RIDING A BIKE THROUGH A FIRE
HIGH TREE CLIMBING, ESPECIALLY OVER RIVERS OR THE SEA
PLAY IN WHICH THE STAKES ARE SO HIGH......
THAT IS.. IRRATIONAL .. TO ENGAGE IN IT AT ALL
| 'Deep play' according to Bob
Hughes is what children should do is based upon a scientific article by
US anthropologist Clifford Geertz in 1972. The article by Geertz is
about adult males on the island of Bali taking financial risks when
gambling on cock fights. There is no mention of children taking physical
risks. If we look at the image below we will see that Hughes has
introduced [children] in square brackets into his interpretation of
Geertz's work. The use of square brackets in a quote or interpretation
indicates that the writer has added this information.
This we believe is a deliberate misrepresentation and to confirm this we sought the opinions of two of Clifford Geertz's doctoral students who themselves are now professors of anthropology in leading American universities:Princeton Universities' Professor Lawrence Rosen was of the opinion:
"I think the idea that one can encourage or discourage certain forms of childrenís play based on a simple calculus of an isolated factor does indeed miss Geertzís point and is rather a perversion of his approach than an application of it."
"a complete distortion of how Geertz thought and developed interpretation."
To summarise, two United States University professors of anthropology who knew Geertz personally in an academic capacity as his students believe that Bob Hughes has misinterpreted or misrepresented Clifford Geertz work on 'deep play'. One says it's a perversion, the other a distortion.
What Geertz actually said was that people who took part in 'deep play' should be "protected against themselves".
We have provided this information to 11 Welsh Assembly members, all of whom have ignored it or used methods of deception to hide it.
'Deep play remains on the Welsh play curriculum, it is still regarded as essential for a child's personal development. As parents or guardians children we need to act now and work collectively to protect our children from the Welsh Government.......
comparisons between the 1972 Clifford Geertz article and the 2001
interpretation of this article by Bob Hughes.
|CLIFFORD GEERTZ "Deep play"||BOB HUGHES "Deep Play"||COMPARISON|
|Date: 1958||Date: 2001||43 years - different generations|
|Location: Bali, Indonesia||Location; Wales||different locations and cultures|
|Subject matter: adult males||Subject matter: children of both sexes||different ages and single against both sexes|
|Risk factor: Financial (loss of money and property)||Risk factor: Physical (loss of life and/or serious injury, including mental trauma)||different types of risk|
| Opinion: Negative
Geertz felt that people taking part in 'deep play' should be protected against themselves
| Opinion: Positive
Hughes believes it is essential for Welsh children to placed in life threatening situations
| opposite opinions
Geertz wrote the article and formed a judgement based upon the real life situations he encountered. Therefore Geertzs' opinion is the only one that counts.
|HOW DEEP PLAY BECAME PART OF THE WELSH GOVERNMENT'S PLAY POLICY AND HOW THE WELSH GOVERNMENT ARE CONTRAVENING THE UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION ON THE RIGHT OF THE CHILD - CLICK HERE|
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