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So it turns out that my two-year old son might be qualified for a professorship at an elite university. No, he’s not some Doogie Howser-style savant. He just really likes Legos. And Cambridge University – the school of Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Stephen Hawking – has announced that it's getting ready to create a Lego professorship this fall.
The position, which is slated to start in October 2015, came about following a £4 million donation from the Lego Foundation. The Denmark-based organization, which owns 25% of the Lego toy company, states that their mission is to “make children's lives better - and communities stronger - by making sure the fundamental value of play is understood, embraced and acted upon.” The Foundation already has ties with MIT and Tsinghua University in China, among others.
Who ever lands the professorship will also head the Research Centre on Play in Education, Development and Learning and will explore the connection between learning and play.
The qualifications for the job seem remarkably broad. As the university says: "The candidature should be open to all those whose work falls within the general field of the title of the office." They don’t, however, specifically mention that candidates have to be potty trained. I’m getting my son’s resume ready.
You can read Cambridge's background documentation here.
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