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Why Recess Matters

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In a recent commentary piece on edweek.org, Vicky Shippers argues that recess is an important piece of a student's school day. It is the only unstructured time children have at school, and yet many recess activities--like kickball and tag--have been banned from the playground because of safety concerns, and in many schools, recess itself has been squeezed out because of time constraints. Shippers explains why this is a worrisome trend:

"Recess ... is about freedom. ... During recess, children are in a peer setting where they can watch how other kids act, decide whom they like and don’t like, and figure out why. With this knowledge, they are armed with some important clues about how to go forth into the larger world."

Even though recess may cause physical or emotional injuries to some students, it provides an essential unstructured arena for children to learn social skills, Shippers argues, and I tend to agree with her. Recess gives students a chance to self-organize teams for baseball or basketball, and it gives kids a chance to deepen their relationships with other students. Also as recent studies have shown, giving kids an hour to run around and be physically active helps them focus in class later on.

What do you think? Is recess an important part of school? Or is it a good place to start cutting in order to make time for more academic classes? Have the safety constraints that bar traditional recess activities from the playground done more harm than good? Or are they appropriately protecting students from injuries?

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i think that the main enemy of creativity is the ristrictions imposed on children during school time. the child slowly learns how to be a machine and loses a great deal of his original creativity. thats why i have the same positive opinion about recess

in this day and age, i think it is very important for children to have recess. children need the time to run, jump and play to get some of thier energy out after sitting at a desk for a peroid of time. they have the chance to run, jump, and play games. they learn about others while playing, how to share, and how to get along with others. recess is a good idea even if it is only for fifteen minutes or so. keep recess in the schools.

Is a child solely an intellectual being or a being with intellectual, other psychological and physical needs? Kids who take advantage of school-provided opportunities for physical activity and self-regulated time associated with recess perform better in the short-run and have better attitudes toward schooling and learning in the long.

I think that recess is a very important part of our day. Like i am 12 years old and am in grade eight and i realize that recess is the only time we get to be with people that are involved in our social life. i have a boyfriend who is in grade nine and the only time i see him is during recess and on the bus to and from school.

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