Gathering Place in 360 Video: The Long-Term Benefits of Play

Tulsa’s new riverside park, Gathering Place, isn’t just a fun place to play. The project was meticulously designed to keep kids learning and stimulate brain development in several important ways. Watch a 360-degree video and additional video clips, and read why free play outdoors is beneficial for children.

Ronny Johns, principal of Ada Junior High school, is among a surge of fired-up educators who have stepped into the political ring. Photograph: Brett Deering for the Guardian

Oklahoma Reflects Teacher Revolt That Could Reshape U.S. Politics

The teacher walkout and wave of educators filing to run for political office in Oklahoma this year reflects a national trend. A series by The Guardian, being republished in part by Oklahoma Watch, examines the reasons behind the surge in teacher activism.