Can inclusive play reduce educational disparities?
This is a question I was left with after the Playworks gathering the other night. Playworks coaches and Playworks trainings for teachers and educational professionals focus on inclusivity and affirmation as much as they do on the games themselves. Because, really, what is "playful" about games that put down or leave out others? This has me thinking about the role of play in a whole new light. I know that racial disparities in educational achievement are very real, and particularly in Minnesota, are destroying the potential for a healthy community and state for us all. If all of our children participated in truly inclusive and engaged play throughout their education (and out in our communities), how would that ripple throughout their lives and our society? What would this play look like? How would we be challenged to change?