Democracy + Habits of Playfulness

The morning after the final presidential debates, some thoughts on play and democracy from Meier et al., Playing for Keeps: Life and Learning on a Public School Playground:

“Leaving no time or space in education for children’s ‘playful’ efforts to make sense of the world risks the future not only of poetry and science but also of our political liberties. The habits of playfulness in early life are the essential foundations upon which we can build a K–12 education that would foster, nourish, and sustain the apparent ‘absurdity’ of democracy.”

Right on!