Links For April 8, 2015

When one New Zealand school tossed its playground rules and let students risk injury, the results were surprising

While the caretaker and some teachers worried, Mr. McLachlan was energized to see [kids] building makeshift seasaws and dismantling them once they got bored. About a year ago, Mr. McLachlan quietly informed his staff that they would all just stop saying “No” when they saw a child climbing a tree or a fence, or walking toward an area that used to be “out of bounds” and no longer was. There would be no big announcement, just a silent backing away.


Unconventional Sports Require Unconventional Spaces and Landscapes

This isn’t just idle, Archigram-meets-Gold’s-Gym speculation. It we want to reverse the utterly insane trend toward removing gym class from children’s educational experiences, then it’s 100-times more likely that we’ll be able to do so not by cracking the whip harder and turning schools into militarized boot camps, but by designing spatial environments in which kids can do the things they actually want to do, where “exercise” is just a beneficial side-effect.


UChicago College Admissions, Indiana Jones Mystery Package

Yesterday we received a package addressed to “Henry Walton Jones, Jr.”.... Little did we know what we were looking at. When our student mail worker snapped out of his finals-tired haze and realized who Dr. Jones was, we were sort of in luck: this package wasn’t meant for a random professor in the Stat department. It is addressed to “Indiana” Jones.

UChicago College Admissions, Mischief Managed

According to Paul, this package was en route from him in Guam to his intended recipient IN ITALY… Our address had originally been put on the manila wrapping of the journal just for cosmetic effect. We believe that the post office wrote on our Zip code on the outside of the package and, believing the Egyptian postage was real, sent it our way. From Guam to Hawaii en route to Italy with a stopover in Chicago: truly an adventure befitting Indiana Jones.


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