“H ow did it get so late so soon?”— Dr. Seuss She looked up at me sadly, her face only barely composed. “I wasted all of my recess making cups and plates for people,” the girl explained. It wasn’t recess we’d been enjoying together but a 15-minute block of free time inside the classroom. But this was a semantics game; the six-year-old standing before me understood the spirit of the two exercises to be essentially the same. While her friends had been erecting marble runs and Lego houses and practicing the magic trick another child had brought from home (a delightful bag with the power to make items vanish within its depths), she had sat at her desk cutting and folding paper into miniscule…