Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Time For Recess Again

The end of the school year is rapidly approaching, so this post would be more relevant for the Fall. But, it is still worth reminding all that recess continues to be a casualty of the mandates, "school accountability", and time limits many schools face today. the Buffalo News looks at this issue today.
“We don’t have recess on our schedule where students will go outside and experience activities,” Principal Silvia Baines said.
Fortunately, those who speak out on the value of recess for kids are getting the word out. And some states are listening. New Jersey is considering making recess mandatory.
Schools feeling a budget crunch or pressure due to mandated tests have whittled down time for kids to relax and take a break, said bill sponsor Sen. Robert Singer, R-Ocean. Singer, who has two elementary school-age children, said, "In a structured world, we don't allow children to be children enough."
Here's what some researchers think.