Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] On Playing Frogger

From: Dana .... <>
Date: Sun Mar 2 21:58:00 2003

My name's Dana and I'm a student at SVS.
I happen to go on the computer a fair amount, and stay up late doing so. I
play solitaire and let my mind muddle things over. I think things through
and solve problems in my head because I'm keeping myself busy, but my mind
is racing from something other than putting one card ontop of another.
Sometimes I don't think best when I'm vacuuming or playing heart and soul on
the piano (which is about all I can play) or doing something else
I see a lot of people at my school spend time on the computer or playing
video games or whatever. I don't see it as a bad thing. They're
interacting with each other or having a good time or whatever.
I also see a lot of people reading or writing or checking out JC or
cooking... I don't see why people can't be learning from all those things.
I'm not trying to attack anybody, I'm just putting out my opinion that video
games, computer games, whatever, are not a bad thing.
-Dana Crockett

From: "Heidi Crane" <>
Subject: [Discuss-sudbury-model] On Playing Frogger
Date: Sun, 02 Mar 2003 16:37:00 +0000

Me again *sheesh*

Some of my best "marinating" is when I'm folding laundry or scrubbing the
kitchen or kneading the day's bread dough. When I sat down to play computer,
nothing was being improved. The kitchen wasn't getting clean; the laundry
was not folding itself.

While I don't think there's anything wrong with recreational activities,
(how much laundry is being folded while I read, e.g.) I do think letting the
brain mull something over while doing some useful thing...maybe not even
useful, but maybe taking a walk (another of my favorite "thinking things
over" venues) or practicing piano or calligraphy.

See the difference? If I had chosen to let my subconscious ruminate on
whatever it was, while...swimming! running the vacuum! taking a walk!
playing with clay! perfecting the third movement of Maple Leaf Rag on the
piano! mopping the bathroom floors! washing the windows! combing the dog!
patching my husband's jeans! cleaning out the fridge! baking a batch of
ginger snaps! pulling weeds! making a candle shelter! cutting out
snowflakes! writing a letter!

the list goes on, of productive, interesting, useful, things to DO.
Physically oriented things that get something accomplished WHILE the
brainwork is chugging away subconsciously.

so, my earlier post about Frogger and brainstorming...well, there are so
many more useful things that need doing, and the brain can still storm.
Frogger seems wasteful in that light.

peace, Heidi

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