Where Imagination Outshines Memorization

Einstein May Never Have Used Flashcards, but He Probably Built Forts

Why one alum is part of a growing movement to bring play back into the lives of children

by Lory Hough (Simplicity Parenting)

In some ways, this headline is almost funny, the idea of a young Einstein, wild hair flying, throwing his mother’s quilt over a couple of chairs and crawling underneath.

But to Elizabeth Goodenough, M.A.T.’71, a headline like this is not a joke. We’re a busy-by- design society that’s become so concerned with turning kids into baby Einsteins that something critical to childhood, something that Goodenough holds sacred, is fast becoming extinct: free play.

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