EducationWorld is pleased to present this article contributed by Andy McAnelly, a student at Heritage High School in Saginaw, MI.
Recess is a time when kids can connect with friends, make new friends and counteract the stress of classroom learning, but this coveted playtime is disappearing from American schools.
Despite the push for more instructional time, the benefits of recess make it worth preserving. The key skills and traits strengthened by recess will continue to serve children in the workplace and throughout their lives.
Here are five key ones:
No Break Today!
Dropping recess, some say, gains more time for learning. But does it actually gain more learning?
Recess: Necessity or Nicety?
The pressure for schools to improve student test scores is so intense that some are abandoning the childhood treasure of recess in lieu of more on-task time.
Should Schools Take a Break from Recess?
Does it make sense, educationally and developmentally, to eliminate recess for students in elementary school? That question is the subject of debate among educators.
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