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]