…but I had an idea recently. Everyone is so concerned about obesity, and obesity prevention. We keep making moral arguments about what we should focus on with kids. We have debates around how much exercise kids need, PE mandates, medical interventions. I have been in “the room” for some of these major debates. My [...]
Nutritionists in at least one school system have decided now to begin serving kids lunch at 9:30 because some kids are coming to school hungry. The idea is to make sure the kids aren’t in a fasting state for half of the school day. I will mention first that, for me, the worst part of [...]
This is a continuation of my series on Childhood Obesity and the Economy. You can read Part I here. As I sit and think on the beginning of this July 4th weekend, I am wondering: Is this what the founding fathers meant when they said “All men are created equal”? That we would decide to [...]
Just this morning, my friend and colleague Meg Rosker (of Let Children Play fame) launched a new blog called Let Children Achieve. Meg, a former teacher, and now a mom and play advocate, wanted to launch this as a collective effort. The effort is from a group of us advocates for educational understanding (a better term than reform if you ask me). I was honored that Meg asked me to write the inaugural post for this site. Here it is below, but I really hope you go to Let Children Achieve and bookmark it so that you can continue to be aware of everything this collective is saying!
I have constructed, with the help of others, word clouds depicting words that represent needs in the life of a growing child. Not just what they need from adults specifically, but an overall view of concepts they need to grow up healthy and happy. I am posting here all 4 of them, working backwards, with adolescence at the top and then working back through childhood, the toddler years and finally infancy. Let me know what your thoughts are about the progression, and each word cloud.
But don’t bring it back the way it left. Bring it back under balance, and actually increase the purview of the physical education team to include improvement of the students’ “play life” in their communities.