All Blog Posts Tagged 'education' (5)

A Vote in Favor of Recess

Read it and weep happy tears...

Added by Cynthia Gentry on November 15, 2017 at 11:18am — No Comments

Look at Them Looking

"Look at them, looking," he once urged me as we watched some children draw- and then he added, "their eyes meeting the world." He wished that schools, especially, would take the child as artist more seriously: "A youngster drawing is a youngster thinking, a youngster telling you a hell of a lot. When will we know that?" When he asked such questions,…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on October 3, 2014 at 8:48am — No Comments

Play! Play! Play!

What if children's education opened them up to the passion, talent, and joy inside their hearts and minds? What if?

Tonight I saw a wonderful story on Sixty MInutes about a symphony in Kinshasa in Congo. The musicians played and sang with such joy. It seemed that most came to music very late and thanks only to the…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on April 8, 2012 at 10:25pm — No Comments

School Should Be The Window

In my high school we all chose quotes to go beneath our senior pictures. My quote was "I meant to do my work today, but a brown bird sang in the apple tree." I thought of that old quote today when I saw this cartoon by David Horsey of the Seattle Post Intelligencer. This makes me so incredibly sad and so incredibly angry.


Look at the faces in the…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on October 11, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Why Play?

The other day a documentary filmmaker asked me why I do the work I do. It's a question that you'd think I'd have a ready answer for, but I didn't.

Honestly, why is play so important to me? I know all the facts, theories and statistics about why play is important to people, but that's a different question entirely. I woke up with a start this morning at about 4:30 AM thinking about the question and a possible answer: play is a gift and it's a gift I want everyone to…

Added by Cynthia Gentry on October 13, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments



Watch this video to see why play matters!! 

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FANTASTIC blog about playgrounds: Playscapes



Pretty much everything you ever needed to know about play.

And, of course, KaBOOM!

Playgroundology, an emerging social science. 


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