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With blocks, educators go back to basics

from The New York Times

Huddled together on the reading rug of a pre-kindergarten classroom on the Upper West Side, three budding builders assembled a multilayered church with a Gothic arch. Nearby, another block artist created a castle with a connecting courtyard. Meanwhile, a fifth toiled earnestly on a shaky tower, eliciting oohs and aahs from across the room when it came tumbling down. These were not pre-kindergartners, but members of the Parents League of New York, who had crowded into an oversubscribed workshop on block building. The tower constructor, a lawyer named Matthew Hurd, was still wearing a suit. more


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