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“Memory is a child walking along a seashore. You never can tell what small pebble it will pick up and store away among its treasured things.” — Pierce Harris, Atlanta Journal


No matter who you are — school designer or high school student, policy maker or college professor, urban planner or community activist — I want to ask you to do one quick thing:

Remember a great day or moment as a 1st grader (or when you were a full-day student for the first time). Picture that moment. Think of the things going on around you. Try to recall the teacher and where you sat. Imagine the kids in the class. Anything at all to bring it to live.

Now, describe the classroom itself.

What part of that image in your mind would you would you want to re-create for a student in a community you care about today?


“A childhood is what anyone wants to remember of it. It leaves behind no fossils, except perhaps in fiction.” — Carol Shields, author

“The past is never dead, it is not even past.” — William Faulkner, author

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