Leading alternative brain researchers and educators unreservedly agree that children learn best through playing. We point here especially to Gerald Hüther, André Frank Zimpel, André Stern, Ricardo Leppe and Gerald Ehegartner. My own life experience also clearly proves that people learn best when their own thirst for knowledge, joy of discovery and enthusiasm fully support the chosen topic. With playful learning and grasping these three remain or are even kindled. If parents and teachers do not intervene through coercion or distraction, children find out for themselves what interests them individually, because it corresponds to their life plan and therefore also contains the necessary inclination and talents. The generally necessary basic skills, such as reading, writing and math, they readily acquire to individually varying degrees when they see that they cannot otherwise fulfill their desires.
Under the coercion that is still widespread at present, learning is made unnecessarily difficult because it puts the children in a corset that aims at conditioning them to be submissive citizens. In this usual antiquated education, everything is fed and imposed from the outside. The children are to be trained to the respective culturally/religiously valid world view - they are all to become the same - are to remember what they are told - and then act compulsively.
Furthermore, it is well known and proven that people learn best when the subject matter is acquired in the context of practical action, when they move and grasp with their hands while learning. It is completely insufficient if learning takes place only in the head, especially if the learning contents are only memorized by constant repetition. To make matters worse, this memorized knowledge is then also checked by multiple choice tests, which only allow one correct answer. Creativity, intelligence or even intuition play almost no role in this procedure. This is also intentional, because these three promote individuality, independence and freedom in thinking, feeling and acting. However, the system that is now coming to an end was primarily about dressage.
Another interesting point arises from the fact that during free, playful learning and discovery, completely new insights are sometimes gained that were not intended at all. This is known as serendipity, which sometimes translates as "fortunate coincidence" and expresses finding something different - even more important or valuable than what one had been looking for. So it is a matter of discovering the world oneself out of one's own inner drive, whereby every insight is equally permitted, even desired, regardless of whether it fits into the state or religiously prescribed scheme. People thus grow beyond the collective consensus, expand their consciousness and become wayshowers for the New Earth, New Society.
Quasi as an insertion let me still point to some linguistic subtleties. The Latin word for play is ludus, from which the German words Luder = unsolid woman, Lust and lustig = funny are derived. It is also interesting that the words laughter, life, love and the Sanskrit word leela = divine play fit in here casually.
When children enter elementary school, parents and teachers explain to them that now the seriousness of life begins. In complete ignorance of the above-mentioned findings, this programmatic assertion implies that fun and games do not lead to anything meaningful, or at least are not suitable for preparing people for working life or the so-called struggle for existence. The entire education trains the pupils for competition, achievement, if not for struggle. It is also not about vocation but rather about a lucrative job, with most people being so inclined to lazy compromises that they damage their own physical, emotional as well as mental health in the process.
In this regard, the whole of life can be seen and experienced as a role-playing game - leela - for it is nothing else. These roles should be taken on voluntarily and authentically correspond to the talent. Then they bring joy and guarantee the maximum learning success during the whole life. This can actually be experienced/lived in this way - if one does not identify with the role through fear. If one observes oneself and perceives oneself as an actor, then it is also possible to be flexible, to change the roles, environment and partners and to sometimes "fall out of the role" without it causing problems for oneself, because the role is not oneself - it is a costume that can be adapted to new circumstances at any time.
What does playful learning mean?
The most important thing is that a child feels accepted and loved as it is at the moment. It needs an emotional connection, enthusiasm, joy and a safe space to develop creatively. The playing must allow as much freedom as possible in the practical arrangement. This is the prerequisite for players to give free rein to their own imagination and creativity. Both are important, but we give first place to creativity, because learning through fun and play is about putting into practice what has been imagined, dreamed, felt, by expressing and creating something with the hands, the voice, indeed with the whole body.
Our society suffers from a pathological overestimation of thinking, which alone does not create anything tangible. Yes, the "head" of most people is not even mentally particularly flexible, since it breaks out only exceptionally from the learned conditioning and conceives something new, or something that is not allowed to exist in the prevailing world view. Because it is mostly fear-driven, it can also rarely think logically. The human mind is a good slave, if it carries out something purposefully from a strong will. But if someone hands over the reins to the mind and believes that it will bring him/her forward through the turmoil and confusion of life, then he/she will not reach the goal. The mind stands in the way of the higher intelligence = intuition of the heart, distracts from it. Therefore the mind together with the externally conditioned personality must finally abdicate, and subordinate itself to the will and the intention of the Soul. This process is massively hampered by conditioning/programming through the usual school system and entertainment industry. Therefore, we should no longer torture our children through these.
The modern technologized entertainment industry makes it possible for listeners and viewers to consume the same content many hundreds of times without any effort or cost and to be programmed in the process - be it a fairy tale for children or a song for teenagers. In this way, the content, along with any sublime messages, gets deep into the mind, the psyche, the unconscious, can be erased only with difficulty and thus forms a building block of conditioning, which is the opposite of creativity. Is this how you want to train your offspring? We do not deny that listening to, for example, fairy tales or songs stimulates the imagination and emotional life. However, this does not lead to free realization. Through consumption, something is used and not created, let alone manifested. Andreas Bourani sings : "It's all in the head".... The absorbed foreign contents are assimilated and continued in automatic action. The experienced feelings are thus processed at least unconsciously.
One could ask whether it is not enough if by foreign stimulation in the mind of a person (i.e. thinking plus feeling) something immaterial is created and whether this is not also a creative process, even if physically nothing comprehensible appears. If one absolutely wants to, one can do that, but is then fully landed in the presently usual system with all the problems for learning resulting from it, as it was shown above. Conditioning buries one's own resources. We don't want that anymore.
The five wise men mentioned at the beginning want to overcome these problems with a completely new "school" system. Creative, free, playful learning through physical grasping cannot be replaced by anything. This is the only way to release all the potential and intuitive knowledge that lies dormant within us.
see also this video: Unity in diversity Leela - the divine play: