Getting Rid of Recess
Some of the best memories of our early years of schooling were formed during recess. It played a key role in our emotional and social development away from home. This sometimes overlooked but key element of the school day is going through something of a crisis
. National accountability movements such as Common Core and No Child Left Behind mean schools are devoting less time to recess. Experts argue this movement is counterproductive. Research shows that recess can lead to improvement in student grades and concentration. At a time where one in three school aged children and teens are overweight, recess’ importance to maintaining a healthy lifestyle couldn’t be more crucial.
What are other potential benefits of recess that is being overlooked? Are schools the ones responsible for ensuring students maintain a healthy lifestyle?