Many schools in today’s world have eliminated recess from a student’s day, finding academics more important than playtime.
Recent studies, notably one by the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on School Health, show that even a small break from challenges in the classroom can make a large difference in a child’s reaction to school work. According to the agency, recess is a “crucial” part of the school day.
Dr. Debbie Rhea of the Texas Christian University has started a movement, the Liink Project, that aims to implement four, 15-minute recesses into schools across the world.
According to the project’s website, a lack of outdoor recess leads to bad health and poor problem solving, focus, empathy and overall thinking skills.
Currently, 20 percent of schools have reduced recess time, according to a study conducted by George Washington University.
Recess is likely declining due to new policies in education that requires students to meet school goals so that schools can continue receiving funding. Schools seem to think that if they take away a student’s free time, they will do better on the test so the schools can get money to do the exact same thing again next year.
The method is flawed. Recess actually aids in skills necessary to pass the test, like focus.
Only eight states in the U.S. currently require recess, and that number will probably shrink in coming years.
In conclusion, if students are given more recess, they will do better in school and be given a better pathway to a brighter future.
By: Brig Larson
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