Research has already proven that recess helps to optimize a child’s social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development. We believe recess has the similar affects on bigger kids, adults, and even communities. Which is why we encourage:
Some schools are permitted to take recess away if students are not performing well academically or if the school cannot afford a physical education teacher. Nowadays, some schools also allow students to earn their required physical education credits via online physical education courses.
According to the National Survey of Children’s Health, only 24% of youth ages 6 to 17 engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day, down from 30% a decade earlier. According to Common Sense Media, American teenagers spend an “astounding” nine hours a day with digital technology, entertaining themselves with streaming video, listening to music and playing games.
Failed upkeep of park playground equipment, increased drug and weapon presence, and poor condition of playing fields are some of the concerns many parents have that cause families to keep their kids inside.
Half of principals report that students receive between 16-
30 minutes of recess per day.
One in five principals indicate that annual yearly progress
(AYP) testing requirements have led to a decrease in recess
minutes at their school.
A solid majority (77%) of principals report taking recess
away as a punishment.
Principals report that the majority of discipline-related
problems occur outside of class time (87%) with the
majority of those occurring during recess or lunch (89%)
When asked what would improve recess at their schools, they
prioritized an increase in the number of staff to monitor
recess, better equipment, and playground management
training, in that order
Experimental research has found that children were less active after school on days when they had no recess and PE classes in school, suggesting that inactivity breeds
–Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 71(3), 240-248.
Children in the USA spend an average of 6.8 hours in school per weekday, and recess is one of the few times during the school day where children can be physically active. In fact, up to 44% of all physical activity during the school day happens at recess
–J. Phys. Activ. Health, 9 (2012), pp. 442-448,
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