Drew Beeman on the Zen of Loose Parts

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While play advocates have touted the virtues of loose parts for decades, they are having a renaissance—finding their way into a comic strip by Dave Blazek, an illustrator, animator, and reformed standup comedian. “Because change comes from within, change comes from within, my children,” a sage proclaims in a speech bubble. In an age when unfettered activity is anathema, there’s something subversive—for many, terrifying—about leaving children to unstructured activities, away from the eyes of adults.

Drew Beeman, a self-described early childhood educator and specialist, has more than a decade of experience in child care . . . Read full article →

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Racial Bias at an Early Age

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In 2014, Kalyb Wiley Primm, a seven-year-old Black boy with a hearing impediment in Kansas City, broke down in tears after he was bullied by a fellow student. Upon hearing the little boy’s cries, his school’s resource officer, Brandon Craddock, embarked on an intervention. Frustrated by Kalyb’s persistent yells of distress, his efforts to calm him foiled, the officer attempted to remove the second-grader from the classroom for a visit to the office of the principal, Ann Wallace.

What happened next is the subject of a lawsuit recently filed by the American Civil Liberties Union against . . . Read full article →

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