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Recess Makes Kids Smarter
Transcript of Recess Makes Kids Smarter
By: Jordan Henry
What's the problem?
Over 40% of elementary and middle schools in America have cut back or cut out recess time in the last 30 years.
Started in 1981, slowly increased until the passing of No Child Left Behind in 2001.
More funding for schools with/increased pressure for better test scores leads lawmakers/school board members to assume less recess time = more class time = better test scores, but...
This is not the case!
A 2002 study by the California Department of Education showed that physically active kids actually scored HIGHER on standardized tests than their less active peers.
A 2008 survey by the Elementary School Journal found that a quarter of US elementary schools don't even have mandatory recess for all six grades.
Child obesity rates have soared; and kids in urban/low income areas have been hit especially hard...
What should be changed?
Mandatory recess minute requirement for all elementary and middle schools
These recess minutes should be used for play! (not hand-washing, bathroom breaks, grouped in with lunch, etc.)
This gives kids time to work off energy and refresh their minds, and for some kids, it might be the only time they get to play all day.
Teachers agree: children who get to work off their energy are much more attentive students!
Children who get a break for recess tend to be:
less apt to have arguments with peers in the classroom
calmer and more attentive students with better attitudes
possessive of better social skills and friends
and SMARTER! (as shown by higher test scores)
and happier students lead to happier teachers :)
What can we do?
Get involved on the school board or PTA at our kids' schools
Be aware of issues like this NOW so that we can make a change for OUR children!
Let's save recess and save our kids!