Kids' learning suffers without recess

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Registered: 04-08-2008
Kids' learning suffers without recess
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Tue, 08-16-2011 - 10:47am

The transition from summer freedom to the grindstone of the classroom may be tough. With schools under pressure to meet standardized testing goals, recess has been cut back and even eliminated in some school districts. The irony, experts say, is that schools may be shooting themselves in the foot by taking away playtime that's crucial to a child's growth.

All school, no play? Kids' learning suffers without recess, experts say-

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Registered: 10-28-2005

Sigh, I still wanted recess in 12th grade! That's got to be hard on the little ones! I don't understand how they can push them so hard and the kids still turn out normal.

I know other nations are tougher on their kids academically, I wonder if they have recess.


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Registered: 03-24-2005

In grammar school and middle school our kids get 1/2 hour a day for recess, either just before or just after lunch.

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Registered: 04-08-2008
Wow! That doesn't seem like enough to me, Laura. Do the kids do okay with that little time outside? It always amazes me to hear how different things are around the country.

My boys get 3 recesses per day. They get two 15 minute breaks in the morning and in the afternoon. They also have 30 minutes to eat and play outside for lunch.

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Registered: 03-24-2005

Wow, I didn't realize other kids get more than one recess!

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Registered: 02-22-2004
Oh this is such a sore subject for me! Our kids don't get any scheduled recess AT ALL! Taking them outside is at the discretion of individual teachers or the PE teacher. I've complained about this for years, wondering how they can expect students to sit in a class all day with no way to work off some energy. Is it any wonder there are behavioral issues in classrooms????

We've been back to school 3 days now and the biggest complaint is from Ben about lunches. There is a new VP and I think he is flexing is authoritative muscles. After being in the school for two years, the students (7-12th gds) are not only being ASSIGNED tables to sit at, they are being assigned SEATS in alphabetical order!!!! They are called by table to get their lunches and can't even return their trays until called. I am just appalled by the whole thing, the kids are complaining, and I have to wonder what happened to building social skills along with academics? When do they give these kids a chance to foster friendships, blow off some steam, and learn how to function in group settings?????

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Registered: 03-24-2005

That's crazy, Lisa!

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Registered: 02-22-2004
They said lunch times are too chaotic....this is their solution. I personally think it is the new V Principal.

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Registered: 03-24-2005

It does seem like they could have come up with a better solution.

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Registered: 08-14-2005
I remember having the same thing in middle school, but only if we had been too loud the day before. We'd be expected to line up in alpha-order, go through the lunch line, then sit down in order. To have to do that in 9-12...that seems totally absurd!

Sean has lunch from 12:40-1:10, then Accelerated Math, then 30 minutes of recess. I swear we had more than 30 minutes when I was in grammar school!
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