Less Structure, Better Decision Making?

Frontiers in Psychology has published a study conducted at Colorado University-Boulder. The study is one of the first scientific attempts to identify if there are neurological benefits of children having more or less structured time. Waldorf educators believe in the profound benefits of unstructured time but, as you can see here in the full article about the study, the elements are difficult to quantify. The findings do support having unstructured time for children, though. As the scientific community continues to explore this question, we will continue to have an hour of outdoor time everyday for children up through six years old and encourage parents to allow children to have unstructured times in their evenings and weekends.