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Should schools eliminate RECESS?

Updated on March 27, 2013

Why aren't children allowed recess anymore?

Did you know that more and more recess is being replaced by testing and homework? While children are becoming fatter and fatter, schools are eliminating the time for children to exercise, socialize and think creatively.

Do they need all this time to study? Studies have shown that homeschoolers spend only a fraction of time sitting down studying with much better long term results. Other studies have shown the importance of breaks and exercise in getting good grades. Adults in the corporate world have mandatory breaks written into their contracts.

Should schools eliminate recess?

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Is it wise for schools to eliminate recess? - Shouldn't today's children have a chance to play and have fun the way we did?

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Recess Time

Think back on what you did during recess. All that running around and socializing gave you a break from the classroom routine and allowed you to concentrate again when the bell rang and you were called back in. Our children need this time too. Stand up for the rights of children for recess.

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Should schools eliminate RECESS?

Rest, Break, Physical Activity vs. Testing

Children need to rest, take a break and get plenty of exercise. They need lots of experiences, time to experiment and time to use the skills they have been learning in school in their own way on their own time. It's time to eliminate most testing and offer children time instead.

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The Power of Play: Learning What Comes Naturally

What can you do to assure that today's children and children to come are allowed the time to rest, relax and exercise? How can you make sure that all children have the right to recess? Will you allow playgrounds to become deserted, broken down and unused?

Will you stand up for the children? - Will you act to save recess?

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      Sara Duggan 

      6 years ago from California

      Definitely, I will be supporting a child's right to recess. If no money is being put to maintaining the equipment I would support getting rid of the playground and letting the children play in the lot. Did you know before plastic playgrounds they had dirt, sticks, rocks, and other natural things to play - and children did just fine. :)

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      6 years ago

      I can't even comprehend that they would consider eliminating recess. Kids need time to recharge and to exercise not only their body but their imaginations. Play is learning. Fortunately the one-room school house is revamping their playground so I know they will keep recess.


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