Why Do Schools Need More Recess?
The following reasons are given for why schools need more recess time:
1) To Keep Students Active And Healthy:
Kids need physical activity during their free time. They don’t want to sit around doing nothing all day long. If they’re not playing outside, then they’re sitting at home alone with no one to play with. When kids aren’t active, it’s very hard for them to learn and retain new information. They may get bored easily.
2) To Help Teachers Keep Classroom Clean:
If there’s too much time spent in class, then it becomes difficult for teachers to keep the classroom clean. There needs to be some breaks throughout the day so that kids can go out and do something else instead of just staying inside all day long. (See #1 above).
3) To Reduce Crime Rates:
Recess helps reduce crime rates because it keeps kids off the streets. Kids will sometimes break into houses when they feel like it, but if they’re not allowed to leave the house, then they’ll stay inside until school ends. Then, they’ll probably go back to their friends’ houses where they can continue to hang out. With recess, kids won’t have any reason to break into homes anymore!
Why Do Kids Need More Recess?
The following reason is given for why kids need more recess:
1) To Get Out And Play:
One of the main reasons why kids need recess is to play. An average school day can be anywhere from six to eight hours. The average workday for an adult is eight hours. Children are not adults, and they don’t learn or retain information like adults do. They need breaks in-between their learning periods.
Sources & references used in this article:
Social life in school: pupils’ experience of breaktime and recess from 7 to 16 years by P Blatchford – 1998 – books.google.com
Rethinking recess: signs of change in Australian primary schools [The implications of reducing the number and length of recess breaks.] by J Evans – Education Research and Perspectives, 1997 – search.informit.com.au
Aggressive fighting in British middle school children by MJ Boulton – Educational Studies, 1993 – Taylor & Francis
Recess battles: Playing, fighting, and storytelling by AR Beresin – 2011 – books.google.com
Recess in Elementary School: What Does the Research Say? ERIC Digest. by OS Jarrett – 2002 – ERIC