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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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Recess

Why should children be allowed recess?

For exercise.

For exercise.

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    • anonymous 4 years ago

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    • anonymous 4 years ago

      dumby

    • attraction 42 4 years ago

      Both. Whatever they need.

    • Sara Duggan 5 years ago from California

      Children should be allowed recess for physical activity, social activity and for mental stimulation. Again, play is a child's "job" and people who interfere with that are interfering with the development of the child.

    • MyKidsHealth 6 years ago

      to keep fit and to have some fun

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      To stay healthy and to keep our brain and lungs working.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      you talking to me

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      i hate the weird idea

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      they should not eliminate recess cause i don't think kids should just be in the class all day studying at least give them socialization time

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      they are tripping

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      i think they should have recess i don't think they should just be sitting the class all day

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      i hate the idea

    • Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Really for both, but getting up and moving around, just getting a little fresh air, is extremely important.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      yes

    • Lee Hansen 7 years ago from Vermont

      Recess is essential for socializing, exercise, mind-refresh and fresh air. We know as adults we need this break in our desk-bound routines - why is it that schools think it's not important to a child's daily routine, especially as it's setting a lifelong pattern? It's exercise for the body AND the brain!

    • Nan 7 years ago from London, UK

      I've ticked for exercise, but it really provides much more than exercise or socialisation, or both.

      Getting outside and away from school work gives the children a chance to burn off built up energy. Allowing them to focus better once they return to the classroom. I've read some research, and think it must be true, linking the decrease in recess to increasing levels of hyperactive behaviour. Kids need to blow off steam, same as adults. They need unstructured play time, same as adults. Recess gives them this chance.

    • Kathryn Grace 8 years ago from San Francisco

      Both, but since I'm forced to pick, Ill argue for exercise this time. Children are built for physical exercise. It is just plain wrong to force them to sit in chairs all day long. Unstructured play is as important as structured activities and perhaps as important as math or reading. Plus, the brain works better following a good workout--lots of oxygen.

    • Joan4 8 years ago

      Children must have exercise and socialization, especially little children. Even adults cannot sit all day in one classroom and stay focused! Common sense must prevail here! Bring back recess!

    • Wendy Henderson 8 years ago from PA

      For Both, but Exercise is so important. However, I don't just rely on exercise in the school. We as a family try to spend time together playing basketball or riding bikes. I think the whole family needs to get up and move. Do it together, it is way fun.

    • Patricia 8 years ago

      Especially for exercise

    For socialization.

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      • anonymous 3 years ago

        Less recess more learning

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Both

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        fooy

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        BECAUSE IT FUN

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        cuz it is fun and we should not be stuck all day in our class room doing tests

      • Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

        As others have already noted, recess is not just good for socialization and exercise. It's that break from being in the classroom supposedly focused on learning something, and sometimes it is just that - a break. I voted for socialization because schools have mandatory gym/sports classes which already provide exercise. I think kids need to just relax and talk without fear of giving the wrong answer. Hopefully recess allows for that.

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        I think schools should not eliminate recess.

      • lee2070 7 years ago

        could get more exercise

      • groovyoldlady 8 years ago

        I'm also on the "both" fence. I homeschool my children. My girls are 7 and 9 and they are only good for about 1/2 to 1 hour of concentrated study and seat work before they need to WIGGLE. If I let them take a break for 15 minutes or 1/2 an hour, they are much more focused and cheerful when we get back to our studies!

        However, sometimes they use those breaks to play and run and be wild. Other times they go into their room together to "socialize". And still other times they split off to go read or listen to books on tape.

        I think the key is giving them a "recess" - a break - so they're not all stressed out.

      • Mortira 8 years ago

        Socializing is an important part of 'free-time' for both reasons. It allows kids to do their own thing, so they can spend more time focusing during classroom time. And kids are, in most cases, more likely to run and play with school friends than with whoever is around at home.

      • Teddi14 LM 8 years ago

        Yes, they need an outlet for all that energy. That is the one thing I remember looking forward to in elem. school.

      Read this book:

      Recess
      Recess

      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.

      Come write children's need for recess on Wizzley, a fun and easy place to express your opinion:

      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 5 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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          grannysage 5 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.