“A growing body of child cognition research at UC Berkeley suggests that parents and educators put aside the flash cards, electronic learning games and rote-memory tasks and set kids free to discover and investigate.
‘Spontaneous and “pretend play” is just as important as reading and writing drills,’ Gopnik said.”
–Yasmin Anwar. “Scientists Tap the Genius of Babies and Youngsters to Make Computers Smarter.” UC Berkeley News Center. March 12, 2012. Web.