Some Ogden schools trading recess for instruction

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  • cjsylvest Smithfield, UT
    Nov. 19, 2013 9:54 a.m.

    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?

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    March 26, 2013 1:06 p.m.

    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, it during the plethora of weekdays they get off.

  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    March 26, 2013 12:19 p.m.

    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?

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    March 26, 2013 8:19 a.m.

    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.

  • joseywales Park City, UT
    March 26, 2013 12:19 a.m.

    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?

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 25, 2013 6:59 p.m.

    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 their childhood!