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Education Reporter
NUMBER 308 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS SEPTEMBER 2011

'Brain Breaks' Replace Recess
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Even though most teachers believe that recess is vitally important to students' development, many schools do not set aside time for it, even in elementary school. Over the past decade, many schools have decreased or even eliminated recess time.

In one recent instance, kindergarten teachers in Wichita, Kansas were informed that the new school schedule would allow only one 20-minute recess at lunch. Under the revised schedule, students will devote three hours to reading and language, and one and a half hours to math. Kindergarten teachers are allowed to give "brain breaks" totaling up to 15 minutes per day as needed, but these only last two-to-five minutes each, and do not achieve the same effect as a longer outdoor recess. In total, the five- and six-year-old students will only get up to 35 minutes of recess in their seven-hour school day.

One kindergarten teacher who received the schedule said, "They say we can take breaks, but I look at this schedule and think, 'When?' If we do everything we're supposed to do, there's very little time — no time, really — to get them outside to play and run around."

Although some of these young children could benefit from a nap as well as recess, the state has different priorities for them. In an attempt to raise standardized test scores, Wichita schools are implementing a new reading curriculum called Read Well that will increase academic pressure on kids not yet in the first grade. (Associated Press, 8-5-11)


 
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