As I watch the headlines unfold day after day, and hear conversations among friends (both Democrats and Republicans alike) that our nation is more divided than ever, I can't help but feeling that educators (or maybe education policy gurus) are missing something - something vital to our democracy. The talk of late is about STEM and STEAM, about how we need to teach children to code, to experiment, to engineer and calculate. And we do, 100 percent. But by emphasizing some subjects over others, we are acting as though the humanities (subjects like history, civics, philosophy, geography and literacy) somehow don't matter as much as math and science.
What are summers for if not cruising the neighborhood on a bike? Circuits on local streets, hitting the nearby convenience store up for slushies, biking to the pool. My 12 year old is in the midst of this world, riding around with his younger brother or a friend. One of his best friends prefers adventures with a purpose and because we don't have a bottomless slushie fund, we came up with the idea of a bicycle scavenger hunt.
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