It seems the schoolyard is more boring than ever. Researchers found that lackluster playground designs brought to us by strict equipment safety rules and low budgets have made outdoor playtime unappealing to toddlers at child care centers around the nation. The need to meet stringent academic requirements is leading schools to underemphasize physical play too.
In alleged retaliation for Republican stonewalling, President Barack Obama will bypass the Senate and make recess appointments to 15 high-level administration jobs. For context, George W. Bush made more than 170 such appointments; Bill Clinton made nearly 140.