I worked as a teacher at CPE1 for 12 years. It is by far the most unique, magical school that I have ever witnessed. The depth of understanding of children’s developmental needs, the emphasis placed on social/emotional learning, and the deep intellectual work that teachers and children engage in has not been matched in any other school I have seen. I am signing because this work needs to be protected. At a time when the value of play, children’s choice and voice, and curriculum that has, as Eleanor Duckworth puts it, DEPTH and BREADTH is being undermined by test prep, skill and drill, and the narrowing of curriculum to facts that children forget once the test is over, this kind of education has become even more crucial to sustain, strengthen, and share.