Because modern children do most of their group play under close adult control and adult referees, they can fall behind in learning the old-fashioned, self-directed group wisdom and fun of playing fair voluntarily.

Most children love the old-fashioned, neighborhood-like “FREEDOM!” they find at The Planet, and many have to learn how to handle it – learning that it’s made possible only by their own self-control and good judgment.

Self-directed fairness is a crucial part of individual autonomy, conscience, and service to the community. Fairness imposed mainly by authority can look nice, but it doesn’t prepare children for leadership, or for unusual circumstances, or full membership in a happy community.

Making freedom work, for now and for later, is an important part of what we teach at The Planet – which children learn eagerly when the independence and fun of good old-fashioned play are the rewards.