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  • sharmams

    In first grade on MLK Jr. Day, we did an in-class activity where we drew a picture of our most peaceful place we often enjoyed visiting. And what did I draw?--a crayon-impressionist version of my backyard swing-set where all my friends in our small neighborhood in the suburbs of Philadelphia would play together. I hope kids beyond the Millennial Generation can find their swing-set to be the most peaceful place too.

  • Carla Isidoro

    Excellent essay. I couldn't agree more. Where I live, in Lisbon, Portugal, the situation you described is exactly the same. I was born in the early 70s and I spent most of my childhood free time playing in the street with other kids. Running, playing hide and seek, etc. Today this doesn't happen in the cities, and even in the countryside kids don't play outdoors as before. I guess it's a civilizational problem. In a few decades we will see the result. Probably these kids will be adults with psychological problems, social issues and less emotional skils. It's not their fault, but we will all suffer by the social impact of it.
    I'm very curious about your book and strategies. Can you give us an example of an activity you did in a specific neighborhood?