Wednesday, January 31, 2007
What, No Recess?!?!
I was horrified to read that 40 percent of American schools have or would be eliminating recess! I couldn't believe it! In Changing The Recess Paradigm?, it talks about how quite a few schools want to cut down on recess in order to increase more academic instruction.Now, you and I both know that young children thrive on being able to wiggle around and let their ball of energy explode during recess. This is the only way that they can concentrate better in class, as a result even do better as mentioned in that blog.Once recess is taken away from them, then how can they let out that energy? They'll just start looking worn out from all that work, lack focus and concentration in class, and end with their grades dropping and having poor academic performance.I appreciate the Parent Teacher Association, National Education Association (and various associations mentioned) in working hard to bring recess back for the children! Parents of all people know that their children are balls of energy that need to be released, so they appreciate the balance of academic studies and playtime. Even parents at some point went through recess in their childhood, so it wouldn't be fair to take away a childhood experience that young ones remember and enjoy so very much.There are many statistics and empirical evidence that support the idea that with having recess students are able to score better and do better in their general education. So, schools should take this into consideration before making their decision. Do they want to have more time for academics but have students fare badly and performance levels drop, or do schools want to keep recess as a time to release energy and have alert students performing well in their academics?It's a question worth asking that I hope schools look at, because as a student I know that recess may have been playtime but it was a good break to take from the work we got in school.