Wendy Mogel poignantly examines a rising generation of otherwise ‘high achieving’ students who are “information rich, but experience poor” and who, as new employees and interns, “don’t take initiative [and] are uncomfortable taking on challenges.” She suggests that “what [students] need most of all is the opportunity to play.” Mogel confirms that “imaginative play increases executive functioning [and] causes you to grow in maturity… It is also hard work.”

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Dr. Wendy Mogel is an internationally acclaimed clinical psychologist, and the bestselling author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee and The Blessing of a B Minus. She is frequently consulted by journalists, and publishes articles, on the dangers of overprotection, overindulgence and overscheduling of children. Quite some time ago, Dr. Mogel was our school’s psychologist, and we have a little game around here guessing which perplexing anecdotes from Blessing of a Skinned Knee came from our teachers and parents. -CT