by Laura Edghill
Posted 5/17/16, 08:25 am
Is withholding school recess for disciplinary or academic reasons worth it? Many parents don’t think so and are pressuring their states to require minimum recess time for elementary-aged children.
Withholding recess might mean “minutes on the wall,” where students stand against the school building, forced to watch their peers frolic and play. Or it might mean sitting in the classroom catching up on academic work. In either case, young students miss out on precious minutes of fresh air, unstructured play, and social development.