I feel sorry for a lot of kids going back to school, a report from 2006 found that over 40% of elementary schools in America have cancelled recess. This has been going on for quite some time, in 1998 an Atlanta school made newspaper headlines for being built without a playground, and it's spread as a norm from there not to even build them with playgrounds anymore and in some cases take away the ones already there.
The way I see it, cancelling recess is a no-win situation. For one thing, the reason it's done is allegedly so kids have more time to study and bring up their grades. However studies prove kids given a recess pay better attention and do better as students than those denied it. Furthermore, what about childhood obesity? Say you want to fight it, but the kids are going to have to sit at their desks for 6 years before they get any exercise in school? And what about socializing with other kids? This is a big one that people stress when they talk to me about how public school is supposedly the ONLY way a child learns to socialize and function properly. Last I checked, talking in class was prohibited, so without recess, that's a big part of their socialization cut.
And people can argue that it's only 20-30 minutes a day, it's no big deal. But it adds up, figure 30 minutes a day times 5 days a week, 4 weeks a month, 10 months a year for 6 years, and you will have 600 hours kids can get to BE kids and play and talk with their friends and get out into the sunshine and fresh air, all GONE, replaced with 600 hours that they have to be quiet and sit down and do their studies.
Susan Ohanian wrote that in Hollywood, if a monkey is used in a movie, he is given a time and place to play after 3 days of work, whereas kids can put in as I said 5 days a week, 4 weeks a month, 10 months a year, for 12 years and for the first 6 years, kids in over 40% of those schools will never have anything close to the benefits a monkey has. What does that say about us when monkeys who will spend their whole lives doing the same things they do get to play, but kids who will grow up and have to work long tiring jobs and raise their own kids have to spend their entire childhoods at school working?
Now, I don't have any kids myself because I'm only 17, and when I do have them, I will homeschool them, even so, if I found out the schools in my town cancelled recess, I would give them a protest they'd never forget. What's everybody else's take on it?