Eye on Education

Group Says Don’t Skip Recess – Kids Need It

The American Academy of Pediatrics writes in this week’s issue of the journal Pediatrics that recess is a key part of a child’s development.

Ohio law doesn’t require schools to offer recess, though the minimum five hours of school time can include two 15 minute breaks.

The goal is to draw the attention of administrators, teachers and parents and remind them that recess is more than just kids goofing off, that it shouldn’t be seen as disposable.

“The child is allowed to decompress and hopefully creatively express what they want to do,” said Dr. Robert Murray, who is a professor of human nutrition at Ohio State University and a lead author of the policy statement.

“These are children, and they need to have those little pockets of child time to explore relationships, scream and be wild,” he said.

Read more at: www.dispatch.com

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