The Park is a Great Place to Learn!

A Teen Leadership and Mentoring Blog


Dan Blanchard- award-winning author, speaker, and educator

My Granddaddy once said that the park is a great place to learn!

At that time, I was just a kid and didn’t quite know what he meant by that, but now that I’m older, I think I have an idea of what he meant…

I played at the park when I was younger and had a lot of fun. During these days full of play, I’m sure I learned a lot, like teamwork, cooperation, taking turns, and much more… The funny thing is that I didn’t even know this learning was happening.

As I got older, the fun of learning was somehow replaced by the sterile four walls of a classroom, which often seemed a bit boxed in to me. Somehow, I have forgotten that our mind absorbs much more information when having fun than when we’re all serious and getting ready to buckle down for an all-nighter of studying and cramming for that test tomorrow.

I think we all need to remember to have more fun in life so we can learn more in life. I also believe we shouldn’t limit our learning to just school hours or our old school days.

We all must be more curious about life and learn something everywhere. In addition, we all need to be life-long learners as well. Let’s face it: if our learning starts and stops at the school door and then stops at age 18, our future probably won’t be too bright.

Smile… brighten up your day, have some fun, and you may learn something from it!

Finally, please share how you plan to use the success secret of The Park is a Great Place to Learn.


Thanks for your time,

Daniel Blanchard