Author Archives: Carol Moogk-Soulis

It’s all about play

I was inspired today by this quote attributed to Fred “Mr.” Rogers. Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood. … Continue reading

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Neil Armstrong and the rest of the Apollo program

Neil Armstrong died Saturday, August 25. He was one of only a handful to have step on another extraterrestial body. The space race was launched for many conflicting goals and had some unintended consequences. One of those was to inspire … Continue reading

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Hot summer, hot playgrounds

You can tell a problem has become mainstream when you read about it in the funny papers. Believe it or not, this comic strip originally ran in 1965. More than 45 years later, hot playgrounds are still a problem.

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It took a generation to go from problem identification to policy

When I stood on a hot schoolyard 23 years ago studying children’s play and realized that something was wrong—the children were not playing, because it was too hot, because there was no shade—I thought that the problem that I had … Continue reading

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Wangari Maathai: a character who wouldn’t take no for an answer

The challenge is to … give back to our children a world of beauty and wonder. It was widely reported on today that Wangari Maathai had died in Kenya. Ms. Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement which planted between 20 … Continue reading

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