I worry that in an era of stressed resources for schools and increased emphasis on uniform academic testing, field trips might fall victim to slashed budgets and school reform. As I saw, they can spark critical thinking better than conventional classroom instruction.
Spring Equinox: One mom eschews spring cleaning for some good, old-fashioned, digging in the dirt. She learns the best way to bond with her kids is tending to garden beds, not wiping muddy prints off the floor.
Through the program, authors and readers make a playlist of music and sound effects for a novel.
James McBride won the National Book Award for fiction for his novel set during the Civil War, while George Packer picked up the non-fiction award for his examination of contemporary America.