I have an opinion piece posted on the National Wildlife Federation’s Green Hour Blog:
Do you ever take a walk in the park and wonder where all the school-age children are? Do you walk by playgrounds in your neighborhood and notice that there aren’t any school-age children there either?
I do and it breaks my heart, because I know where they are — inside doing their homework. Kindergarten, which means “children’s garden,” has become a misnomer. Gone are the block area and the dress-up area, the sand and water table, and recess. Instead, children are ordered to sit quietly at their desks, listen to scripted learning programs, and focus on academic skills.