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29th March 2013 at 00:00

Should children be allowed to get bored?

"Children should be allowed to get bored so they can develop their innate ability to be creative," an education expert (Dr Teresa Belton) has said. Is there any truth in this?


Not when they are near me. Someone should give them something to do.


Yes, but only as a way of encouraging creativity. Not as a way of educating them.


Lots of truth in this. So many children seem to be unable to entertain themselves and use the resources around them to create or otherwise use their imaginations.


The little darlings should be bored at school. I was always bored at school, and it didn't do me any harm.


Bored? Read a book. We'd all be a lot better off.


Can we accept that for a lot of people boredom will be a fact of life?


This may be true of some young people with real creative talent, but too often boredom just leads to mischief and undesirable behaviour in children. If in doubt, keep them busy.


Learning how to cope with being bored is a good preparation for the workplace.


I only ever remember being bored out of my crust at school. I am sure some of the teachers were knowledgeable, and some were even enthusiastic, but it was still boring mostly.


Young people today have rather too many devices that remove from them the need to entertain themselves. That has to stunt creativity.


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