They took away my son's recess (he's in 2nd grade). He only gets a
break after lunch. I feel like I'm sending my son to work every day in a
cubicle. Even adults legally get 2 15 minute breaks plus 30 minutes lunch each
day. My son now says he hates school. His teacher is suggesting the kids work on
memory games at home to help them stay focused at school. REALLY??? At first I
thought, I'll have him run in the morning to get exercise. That won't
help him stay focused at school or help him learn how to solve social problems
that present themselves during recess. I'm going to bring it up with the
principal. What good is your mind if you don't take care of your body?
Good idea. Have you seen the test scores coming out of Ogden lately? These
kids need all the instruction time they can get.It's not like
kids in Utah don't get enough time away from school or anything...seems
like my kids have a Monday or Friday off every week, and the rest of the days
are "short" days where they're out at 1:00. If you want your kids
to have unstructured playtime, great...do it during the plethora of weekdays
they get off.
So the educators recognize that they have to give kids time to burn off some
energy, yet insist on taking that activity time away and tell them to sit down
and pay attention?Is there any reason why we should trust the
"experts" that admit to one thing then do the opposite?
Josey -- excellent comment.When I was teaching, I recognized recess
as one of the most valuable times of the day. Kids came back from a few minutes
of fresh air and exercise rejuvenated and ready to learn again.
Bad idea. Not only is recess the only physical exercise for a lot of students,
the unstructured style of recess is what kids need to be kids. Many kids have
after school activities of various nature and they are structured. Recess allows
kids to just do what THEY want to do for a few precious minutes a day. Lots of
kids will tell you that recess is their favorite subject, but many of those
don't mean it as some kind of dis on school, yet they just like to be the
captain of their own ship, or let their imaginations wander and get the wiggles
out. Recess is healthy for both mind and body. I recently read about a local
company that has an outdoor fitness area, along with several things in their
offices for their employees to utilize to recharge the batteries. When polled,
the employees stated they had never been as excited to go to work as they do
now. If adults realize that sitting on the permanent vertical smile all day is a
bad idea, why do we think it's ok for our kids?
We're transforming into a prison nation controlled by the accountability of
the state/feds. Where's the common sense? Don't deny students of