A play-ground is in fact the principal scene of the real life of children - the arena on which their true character and dispositions are exhibited; and where, free and unconstrained, they can hop and jump about, swing, or play at tig, ball, or marbles. Teachers and parents, desirous of gaining the confidence of their children, must in fact, themselves as it were, become children, by bending to, and occasionally engaging in, their plays and amusements. Without such condescension, a perfect knowledge of real character and dispositions cannot be obtained.

David Stow

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