Kids These Days Are Playing With BlocksS

What is the latest cutting edge trend in the education of our best and brightest children? Blocks. Playing with blocks, made of wood. They wrote a whole damn story about it, in the newspaper there.

Eva Moskowitz, the former city councilwoman who runs a fast-growing network of charter schools, said her schools had created a "religion around blocks," and she proudly advertises their fully outfitted block labs alongside the chess program and daily science classes. The International School of Brooklyn is developing a program using blocks to reinforce foreign-language acquisition. And Avenues, the for-profit school scheduled to open next year in Greenwich Village, is devoting a large section of its kindergarten floor to a block center.

Blocks, made of wood. You know. Blocks.

That Avenues school costs $39,750 per year.

[NYT. Image via Jessica Merz/ Flickr]