The following study, released June 17, 2014, concludes that too many structured activities hinder children’s executive functioning. Conversely, independence and the ability to choose lead to better executive functioning (behaviors that involve decision making, planning, critical thinking, goal setting, etc). This study is focused on young children (ages six and seven).
I am grateful that this element of child psychology is finally getting some attention, but the results seem incredibly obvious to me. Our school honors freedom and independence as key elements to a well rounded education. Students of all ages benefit from real-world decision making, the freedom to make mistakes, and making life choices throughout the day. It is very simple: decision making, and the like, are skills. The more a skill is practiced, the better the skill.
I continue to believe that the real-time, real-world case studies in which Orsch is involved day to day stand to teach the world of the true potential of children.