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Yvonne Abraham

A playful solution

Occasionally, the solutions to some of education’s most ­bedeviling problems are startlingly simple.

Here is one of them, on a playground at the Mather Elementary School in Dorchester on a recent, frigid afternoon. It’s your typical no-frills public school playground, only colder: Every gust goes through you like an icy shiv.

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