Ah, Kindergarten: literally, a “children’s garden.” Those were simple times. Backpacks. Lunch pails. Line leaders. Cupcakes for the teacher.

Saturday, April 21 marks the birthday of Friedrich Fröbel, who invented Kingergarten as a space to provide for the development needs specific to young children.


Kindergarten teacher Cathie Kerr works with her students in Michigan. (Daniel Mears/AP)

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