Huffpost: Are We Raising a Generation of Helpless Kids?

Warning signs When a college freshman received a C- on her first test, she literally had a meltdown in class. Sobbing, she texted her mother who called back, demanding to talk to the professor immediately (he, of course, declined). Another mother accompanied her child on a job interview, then wondered why he didn’t get the…

ASLA: Nature Is But Another Word for Health

“We are trying to figure out precisely what types of nature provide the most health benefits,” said William Sullivan, ASLA, a landscape architecture professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, at the Environmental Design Research Assocation (EDRA) conference in New Orleans. The eventual goal is to be able to prescribe doses of nature, or specific…

NPR: Key Brain Connection Slow To Develop In Kids With ADHD

Scientists analyzing data from a map of connections inside the human brain have gained new insights into the development of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Past images of brain structures showed that the brains of people with ADHD mature later than those of people without the condition. Now researchers making use of data collected as part…

KQED: Why kids need to tinker to learn

“The Maker Movement has inspired progressive educators to bring more hands-on learning and tinkering into classrooms, and educator Gary Stager would like to see formal schooling be influenced by the Maker Movement, which has inspired young learners to tinker, to learn by doing, and take agency for their learning. One way teachers can incorporate the…

NPR: How to turn your school into a maker haven

“One of the best ways for frustrated parents, students and teachers to convince school leaders that it’s time for a reboot is with amazing student work. An unconventional learning community of “makers” — people who like to figure out and fix problems with their hands — stands ready to demonstrate a hands-on learning style in which…

Above all, do not lose your desire to walk…

  Above all, do not lose your desire to walk; every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness; I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it… but by sitting still, and the…

The Nature of Cities

                  The Nature of Cities is a virtual magazine and discussion site on cities as ecosystems. It is a global collective of contributors, an essay and discussion site devoted to cities as social-ecological spaces, ecosystems of people, buildings, open spaces, and nature. City design with nature at…

The United Nations’ CHILD FRIENDLY CITIES Initiative

The UN’s Child Friendly Cities Initiative It is a city, or more generally a system of local governance, committed to fulfilling children’s rights, including their right to: Influence decisions about their city Express their opinion on the city they want Participate in family, community and social life Receive basic services such as health care and…

“5 easy ways to get your kids stoked on nature”

“5 easy ways to get your kids stoked on nature” A good reminder – everybody needs nature play! “Now that I’m older, I routinely forget that every once in a while I need to get back out, away from the sharp unnatural angles of the city, my apartment, and the corners of the bills that…

If we teach the children how to play…

If we teach the children how to play and encourage them in their sports… instead of shutting them in badly ventilated schoolrooms, the next generation will be more joyous and will be healthier than the present one. -Public Opinion: A Comprehensive Summary of the Press Throughout the World, Volume 18, 1895. (xkcd.com/1227)