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"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. 

PLAY EDUCATION 

58-L2APP-booklet0001.jpg (560422 bytes) 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"................ 

 

DEEP PLAY

"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 

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MISREPRESENTATION

'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. 

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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."

The University of California's Professor George E Marcus was of the opinion that Hughes definition of 'deep play' was 

"a complete distortion of how Geertz thought and developed interpretation."

he went on to say that anyone placing "children in real danger is reckless!"

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.......

 

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WELSH GOVERNMENT'S PLAY POLICIES

 

 

 

 

 

Direct 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. 

FURTHER INFORMATION

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

WHO IS ACCOUNTABLE FOR DEEP PLAY BEING PART OF THE WELSH PLAY CURRICULUM - CLICK HERE 

 

 

 

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 ACCOUNTABILITY

The information contained on this page is guaranteed to be authentic by  our analyst. M59-20190528.

Any personal opinions on this page belong to our analyst M59-20190528 

Our analyst M59-20190528 who was born in Wales and has lived his whole life in Wales is happy to accept that he is accountable for any factual errors, or errors of judgment on this page.

If you believe the facts and conclusions of our analyst are incorrect, misrepresent or misinterpret information please email us at - abetterwales@gmail.com

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