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‘ In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and snap! [snaps her fingers] The job’s a game!’
Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins , 1964
I attended a session at the Helsinki Oppi festival, hosted by Lauri Jarvilheto (Helsinki Academy of Philosophy), and Jari Multisilta (Helsinki University) about the power of play and ‘ways in which it can drive more effective learning’. It was big on claims and short on evidence, alas, as these things often are. I’d love to find some evidence to substantiate the claims that the Fun Learning camp makes- I’m like an atheist, glumly investigating every miracle hoping to find God- but every time I put my hand out it melts away like mist. Can learning be fun? Of course. Is learning sometimes fun? Undoubtedly. Should it be fun? That’s a whole different question. Simply saying yes damns every act of learning that isn’t enjoyable, and you would have to be completely bonkers to think that everything you learn should be fun as well. Almost everything worth achieving requires sweat, grit and the ability to stick with something when it’s hard- also qualities I’d like to see in my [...]