In our vocabulary and parlance, we play sports and we play instruments, but we go to school. The action and agency of those verbs are very different. When young children simulate school, however, we say that they are playing school. Many times an older sibling wrangles younger siblings or neighbors to sit in rows and columns of desks to take lessons from a chalk board or white board. The organizer almost always plays the role of teacher – the one in charge, the creator of the lessons. What if we scaled playing school and empowered more students to stay in those roles of being in charge and creating lessons? What if instead of saying, “I go to school,”which can sound so passive, we talked of playing school? And what if folks began to speak of playing school with the fervor and excitement with which we talk of playing sports and playing instruments? In the long term, such a shift in the way we talk could lead us to value teachers more like we value professional athletes and musicians…don’t you think?