Wee-wee poo-poo

I found a tremendous playground quote just now, hiding among my infamous scraps of paper.  It’s tempting to go all academic on it, addressing the constructs of logic in childhood or the flow of power between players within and beyond the play frame.

Ultimately though, I think it’s pretty persuasive on its own, in the voice of one child who shouted it to another.

“Yeah?  If I’m a wee-wee poo-poo stinky head, how come I’ve got your bike?”


2 thoughts on “Wee-wee poo-poo

  1. Nice quote Morgan. Your comment on “going academic” made me think though. You know I’m no expert in playwork but it seems to me that there is a tendency to distinguish play as studied by the “academy” and real life, hands in the mud play. Bad academy may justify that distinction, but good research is necessarily muddy research. My insistence might sound annoying, but polarities, i.e. artificially breaking reality in opposed pairs, such as play/work; child/adult; innocent/knowing; becoming/being; natural/social; savage/civilized; dependent/independent; irrational/rational; private/public, etc., have made a huge disservice to children, and in your comment I see a new polarity rearing its ugly head: academic reality vs. real reality. These two “realities” will only be real in any relevant sense inasmuch as they are children’s realities, and for that to happen, the (adult) researcher who defines it in the former pole, and the (adult) playworker that defines it in the latter, have to step back.



    1. “Good research is necessarily muddy research”

      I couldn’t agree more!

      You’re right, the polarity that I draw upon here is a damaging and my referencing of it for my own kicks pretty lazy. It comes from my frustration with bad academy and the persistent self-separation of many academics from worlds outside – which I think we see in the highly exclusive language often used.

      To which I must add that the paper of yours you sent me did NOT do this at all! It was beautifully clear to read, passionate and informative and accessible. For any piece of writing, let alone an academic one, that is quite the triumph!

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