By: Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer founder of Peaceful Playgrounds Inc.
Every decade or so educators stumble upon a really bad idea. The elimination of recess is one such current example. Citing valid, yet, inconveniencing reasons such as liability concerns, supervision hardships, and the pressure to increase academic achievement, some educators see the "all work and no play", ethic as explainable.
This is clearly a short sighted trend that your school will want to skip! After hearing about coach potatoes, sedentary kids , youth obesity, video games playing zombies for the last ten years--- Take away recess?? It simply doesn't make any sense.
Recess offers kids the delights of the outdoors while cultivating a passion for physical activity. Put simply. Recess defines the joys of childhood.