It has been many years since my own very young son died, but we think of him often, especially on gray days like today, when he was born. We have created a living legacy to him in how we talked to our children.
There are the two views of early education that have been pitted against each other for decades: pouring knowledge into children to build bigger brains or putting them out side and giving them opportunities to play.
As I reviewed study after study, across multiple disciplines, from developmental psychology to neuroscience, it became abundantly clear to me that life skills make a difference in children's short-term and long-term success.
There is no doubt that "play" is under appreciated, even misunderstood. So it was significant to me that the Aspen Institute Ideas Festival boldly embraced play and added a whole track to its agenda called "the promise of play."