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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:05 PM

Recess 'Crucial' for Kids, Pediatricians' Group Says

Source: ABC News

Kids aren't getting enough recess at school, the country's top pediatricians' group said in a new policy statement released Monday.

The statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics is the latest salvo in the long-running debate over how much of a young child's time at school should be devoted to academics -- and how much should go to free, unstructured playtime.

The authors of the policy statement write that the AAP "believes that recess is a crucial and necessary component of a child's development and, as such, it should not be withheld for punitive or academic reasons."

"The AAP has, in recent years, tried to focus the attention of parents, school officials and policymakers on the fact that kids are losing their free play," said the AAP's Dr. Robert Murray, one of the lead authors of the statement. "We are overstructuring their day. ... They lose that creative free play, which we think is so important."

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/recess-crucial-kids-aap-policy-statement/story?id=18083935#.UOHvcPJIAbY

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:11 PM

1. Always my favorite subject in school

and when the nun rang that bell, everybody had to freeze.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:18 PM

2. This is a "Dr. Mom" opinion, but I totally agree.

A a mother of four, I found that periods of play and physical activity were essential and even made discipline much easier. You have to exercise the body and the mind in order to have a well balanced child.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:24 PM

3. right on mom

as a long time teacher...........i KNOW the value of recess. You have to "get the wiggles out" before a kid can possibly listen. Also the down time allows the brain to absorb and incorporate what has been learned.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:29 PM

4. Well, duh! You do not want to get me started on this. I could write a paper on this....in cursive.

Art, Music, P.E., and, yes cursive are necessary elements in a credible education program.

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Response to MissMarple (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:51 PM

8. Dear Miss Marple...

...I LOVE YOU!!!
a.k.a.
....come sit by me!

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Response to TinkerTot55 (Reply #8)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 04:10 PM

9. Thank you, and welcome to DU!

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:38 PM

5. A Smithsonian magazine article on the successes of the Finnish education system

featured recess and unstructured playtime as crucial to the maintaining of an optimal educational atmosphere. One Finnish teacher (all of whom are educated to at least the Master's level before being hired) said simply: "We value play."

The worshippers of American exceptionalism will keep us mired in provincial backwardness as long as they are able to convince others that if another country does something different from us, it is naturally the wrong way to do it...

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:46 PM

6. Hopefully the GOP Jihadists in Congress had enough of one this holiday season..

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:49 PM

7. My earliest memory of school other than thinking the artithmetic flash cards were a guessing game

(I was extremely near-sighted) is jumping rope in recess. That was the highlight of the day.

Does anyone else remember jumping rope and playing jacks during recess?

Woops! K&R. Agree. Recess is never long enough. Kids need to relax between study sessions. In fact that principle applies to all who are in school and trying to learn new things. You need to take breaks every once in a while.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 04:18 PM

10. chicago`s school system did`t have recess until this year.



i had recess/gym from the year i started till the day i graduated high school

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