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2013-01-01 11:18:11 AM  
6 votes:

that was my nickname in highschool: What's the point? Hardly anyone in the U.S. understands the point of fitness.


Recess isn't about fitness. It's about getting outside or in the gym. Moving around, Doing something that isn't thinking and learning. Disconnect the brain from the learning mode, and when it comes back after recess it will be more refreshed, relaxed, and inclined to learn more.

Fitness is just a side benefit.
2013-01-01 11:48:07 AM  
4 votes:
I wanted to email this article to my son's Principal. The boy is in 5th grade. They were having a "Lockdown Drill" right before the vacation. Some of the kids wouldn't shut up.
The Principal got angry and took away recess for the entire 5th grade until next month. Anyone who knows my son, knows that he's a good kid and was doing what he was supposed to do. He said "Not only did we lose recess, but we'd all be dead, cause they can't shut up."

Anyway, I'm against group punishment, but I'm really against taking away recess.
2013-01-01 03:00:13 PM  
2 votes:
I was actually blessed to work in a school once where I was given all the "ADD" type kids (mostly boys of course) and allowed to spend all day outside if we wanted. We practiced spelling words and math drills while throwing softballs back and forth, I disciplined by having kids run laps and we studied the heck out of dinosaurs. The kids were 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade and they all passed and didn't end the year feeling like they were defective for just being kids.
2013-01-01 01:46:18 PM  
2 votes:
We still get two recesses (Pasadena, CA), but when you factor in the lining up time, and at lunch the waiting-for-the-last-lunch's-kids-to-clear-the-field time, it's about 10 minutes in each recess. At the elementary level, it's rare to have a designated PE teacher, so it's usually on the regular teacher to see to the PE instruction. Most don't want to do PE unless they've finished everything else for the day, and so they either don't go out, or they go out last thing, when anyone else that got done early heads out, then it's a clusterfark and you can't do any organized activities.

My kids love me because I go out first thing in the morning, minimum half an hour, 3 days a week, guaranteed. It's cooler, so the girls don't have to worry so much about getting icky-sweaty, no one passes out from the heat, and there's hardly ever competition for the field.

My ADD-ish kids (one girl, three boys) are never an issue until after lunch, when they have to go for 2 hours and 20 minutes without a break. That's when I can hold out the "extra-recess" reward to get things done.

If they took away our recess time, I would just add more PE. It is, after all, a legally required subject in CA.
2013-01-01 01:17:58 PM  
2 votes:
1. Extend the school day to 5pm.
2. Bring back recesses and daily phys. ed classes
3. Eliminate homework.
4. Profit?
2013-01-01 12:22:27 PM  
2 votes:
My son gets over an hour of recess a day. I've talked to a number of American friends whose kids get recess once or twice a week. It's absurd to expect kids - particularly kids under 10 - to focus all day with no physical outlet. My son goes nuts if we don't go outside everyday. He'd be horrible for his teachers if he didn't have recess.
2013-01-01 11:54:59 AM  
2 votes:

Fano: Seriously though, it's cruel to expect elemental age boys to sit quietly at a desk for a full school day.


If they take their meds they'll be nice, quiet, compliant and not cause problems.
2013-01-01 11:39:56 AM  
2 votes:

BizarreMan: that was my nickname in highschool: What's the point? Hardly anyone in the U.S. understands the point of fitness.

Recess isn't about fitness. It's about getting outside or in the gym. Moving around, Doing something that isn't thinking and learning. Disconnect the brain from the learning mode, and when it comes back after recess it will be more refreshed, relaxed, and inclined to learn more.

Fitness is just a side benefit.


I always think of the hot Italian girl in my abnormal psych course that claimed there was no ADHD in Italy because those kids got a good dose of after school soccer practice. Seriously though, it's cruel to expect elemental age boys to sit quietly at a desk for a full school day.
2013-01-01 11:09:20 AM  
2 votes:
What's the point? Hardly anyone in the U.S. understands the point of fitness. I travel a bit and see all kinds of gyms, but it's always the same: 40% are trying to make their bodies skinny, 40% are trying to make their bodies lumpy, and most of the rest are just there to maintain a smug sense of superiority. I joined a fight gym just so I could train around other people who are training for a purpose, even though I will never step into a ring.
2013-01-01 10:43:47 AM  
2 votes:
99% of the problems we have are due to kids not playing. AD&D, voting Democrat, being Fatty McFatFat, all the problems of the world can be traced to kids not playing.
2013-01-01 04:21:32 PM  
1 votes:
I hate the whole group punishment of taking away recess. My fifth grader, who is well behaved and academically excellent has suffered for his classmate's inability to act right since first grade because of that particular punishment. Worse yet, they only 40 minutes for lunch and recess, so if the fatty kids are taking their time eating they may only get 10 minutes to begin with. They also only get one 30 minute PE per week. And yet they can spend 2 hours per day teaching them how to take the damn standardized math test that is coming up. They also spend 2 hours per day in "language arts" to address the verbal portion of the test. On the other hand, they also have NO playground "equipment" for the kids above first grade and because of injuries they can no longer play: tag, flag football, dodgeball, frisbee, or kickball during recess, so they mainly just stand around talking during recess. THIS is why I'm pulling him from public school next year and putting him in an online homeschool program. At least then I can control what he is being taught (or rather due to the level of suck his current school demonstrates, not taught) and when he needs a break he can go ride his bike, play hacky-sack, or practice handball in the backyard. No child left behind has become "no child gets ahead" and that includes in a foot race.
2013-01-01 03:41:03 PM  
1 votes:
I train dogs with behavior problems and about half of all behavior problems can be solved just by the dog getting more exercise. They also learn faster after they've had the chance to just run around for 15 minutes.

Children are probably similar. These no recess policies seem penny-wise, pound-foolish to me.
2013-01-01 01:32:54 PM  
1 votes:
If we're training kids to forego recess, I just hope this serves as an example for Congress.
2013-01-01 01:15:55 PM  
1 votes:
I am 25. When I was in elementary school the day lasted from 8.15 to 3 pm and we had 3 recesses. Not to mention that buses got kids to school at varying times, and most everyone was there early, playing on the playground before school even started.

Now, this was a small, poor, rural school that wasn't exactly high-achieving, but the kids were active and there were maybe 1 or 2 fatties in a school of 55. I do think in our case the recess was a little excessive but I still think a morning recess and an afternoon one is a good way to balance the day and keep kids focused without over-taxing their attention spans.
2013-01-01 01:05:47 PM  
1 votes:
Meh, they need to work 12 hours a day in slave-like conditions. How else with the Rmoney's of the world maintain their lives of quiet desperation?

www.personal.psu.edu

Won't ANYONE think of the idle wealthy?

i.huffpost.com
2013-01-01 12:55:02 PM  
1 votes:

MaxSupernova: i really wish they would have recess everyday just to let the kids burn off some of the craziness and to give the kids a mental break. It just amazes me how much more academically aggressive they are now versus when I was in school and 20 minutes to just play would be very useful I think.


I don't know if this is just my bad luck of the draw, but I work somewhere that breaks are frowned upon. Actively.  As if we're "getting away with something" for being away from our desks, even if we just go sit outside and eat a sandwich for 15 minutes or walk a few laps around the buildings.  I am so used to eating at my desk, I don't even think about it much anymore.  "Recess" is good for everyone.  Your brain needs a break. Your body needs to move.  In a way, though, these kids are just being trained for what's ahead.  The only job I can remember in ages with breaks was when I worked at a college and we were part of a union.  The breaks were not only offered, but everyone took them and nobody gave it a second thought.
2013-01-01 12:18:21 PM  
1 votes:

wildcardjack: But you can't grade kids on recess.

Yet.


My grade 5 teacher complained to my mom at a Parent-Teacher night that "All Suziequzie does during recess is sit on the curb and read." I guess in his eyes I was failing recess.
2013-01-01 12:14:35 PM  
1 votes:

BizarreMan: that was my nickname in highschool: What's the point? Hardly anyone in the U.S. understands the point of fitness.

Recess isn't about fitness. It's about getting outside or in the gym. Moving around, Doing something that isn't thinking and learning. Disconnect the brain from the learning mode, and when it comes back after recess it will be more refreshed, relaxed, and inclined to learn more.

Fitness is just a side benefit.


This This This. Take away recess and make them FOCUS FOCUS FOCUS far past what small children are capable of doing, and then wonder why ADHD diagnoses are through the farking roof.
2013-01-01 11:47:07 AM  
1 votes:
Even with my one year old, he's MUCH easier to handle and better behaved if he's recently had outdoor play time. I hope recess is still around by the time he hits kindergarten.
2013-01-01 11:37:11 AM  
1 votes:
My first grader has two days of recess a week and three days of PE. One of the days in PE is devoted strictly to crossfit, one day are crossfit "games" and then the third day of PE are for your more traditional PE type activities...including dodgeball.

i really wish they would have recess everyday just to let the kids burn off some of the craziness and to give the kids a mental break. It just amazes me how much more academically aggressive they are now versus when I was in school and 20 minutes to just play would be very useful I think.
2013-01-01 11:22:32 AM  
1 votes:

wildlifer: more recess and bring shop back.
get rid of cursive writing


cursive writing defines a nation. without it we are just savages.
2013-01-01 10:55:09 AM  
1 votes:

Thunderpipes: 99% of the problems we have are due to kids not playing. AD&D, voting Democrat, being Fatty McFatFat, all the problems of the world can be traced to kids not playing.


I see your problem right there, fatty.
2013-01-01 10:45:54 AM  
1 votes:
But you can't grade kids on recess.

Yet.
 
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