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Mon Oct 6, 2014, 09:50 PM

Let the Children Play: Schools Must Relearn Importance of Recess

My 5-year-old is bursting at the seams with excitement with the start of kindergarten this year. He tells me he wants to learn to tell time, tie his shoes, learn a new language, play basketball and make new friends. He attends an increasingly rare school that allows a decent amount of time for recess — something research has shown supports academics, healthy friendships and healthy bodies.

The average time Seattle students spend in recess has steadily declined over the past few years, according to a May KUOW investigative story. When the study tracking recess began four years ago, only one Seattle school reported an average recess time of 20 minutes or less per day. During the 2013-2014 school year, some 11 schools offered that sort of a recess.

What’s worse, the schools with the shortest recess times enroll disproportionately more low-income students and students of color.

Unfortunately, Seattle is following a national trend in reducing recess time in primary grades as school districts obsess about raising test scores. This obsession is driven by the federal education policy of the No Child Left Behind Act and the Race to the Top Fund.

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/06/let-children-play-schools-must-relearn-importance-recess



Recess should not be considered a luxury that high-stakes testing has made unaffordable. Rather, unstructured play and exercise should be seen for what it is, a cornerstone of childhood development and an important aspect of each and every school day. (Photo: Wayne Silver / flickr / cc)

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daleanime Oct 2014 #1
mopinko Oct 2014 #2
CrispyQ Oct 2014 #5
gopiscrap Oct 2014 #3
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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Mon Oct 6, 2014, 10:19 PM

1. K&R....

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Tue Oct 7, 2014, 12:01 AM

2. to me it shows that these people have no idea what kids are made of.

my oldest was in a "magnet" school. a selective enrollment school that she took the bus to. in order to get in their hours, while holding down the time that kids had to be get up in order to ride the bus, had 20 minutes of recess. everything about the school told me that they thought that bright kids were shrunken adults. this was the icing on the cake.

that and failing to understand the biology of sleep, and the circadian rhythms of teens, tells me that schools are run for adults not children.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 7, 2014, 09:57 AM

5. You hit the nail on the head with this comment:

...schools are run for adults not children.

Everything has to fit into the 8-5 workday.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Tue Oct 7, 2014, 01:20 AM

3. Cntrast that to the Richland School District

which just took out it swings because of fucking insurance companies.

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Response to gopiscrap (Reply #3)

Wed Oct 8, 2014, 11:43 AM

6. One of the districts I work in

had to reconfigure the playground because the swings where to close to the fence and the road. Sounds like the Richland School District couldn't/wouldn't move the swings to a acceptable location.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Tue Oct 7, 2014, 09:54 AM

4. If I recall correctly, back in the 60s we had three recesses a day.

The morning & afternoon ones were 20 minutes & the lunch one was an hour, but we also ate lunch.

Twenty minutes a day does not seem like enough to burn off youthful energy.

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