Blocks Are 2011’s Hot Educational Fad

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A young girl participates in a child-initiated activity as she attempts to construct a building with blocks February 13, 2004 at the Erie Neighborhood House in Chicago.
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Yes, blocks — those pieces of wood that you built things with as a child. They're apparently back in vogue in New York City schools, the Times tells us today. Because blocks foster creativity and problem-solving skills in young children, and prepare them for the lifetime of manual labor they'll be forced to perform for Chinese construction conglomerates when those are the only jobs available to them in their bleak, dystopian futures.