The Importance Of Recess In Education

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Does more class time correlate with higher intelligence? Elementary schools throughout the United States have been decreasing recess time to make room for academics. Yet unstructured breaks are essential to learning. Teaching time is important part of the school day in a child’s education; however, scientific studies reveal that elementary students will have greater focus, decreased behavioral issues, increased social interactions, and more exercise through additional recess time.
In order to accommodate a more vigorous academic curriculum set by the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001, schools have been cutting time out of physical education classes and recess for academics (citation). However, the unstructured breaks that are recess actually
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The length of time is important because “Short fifteen to twenty-minute recess sessions, often interrupt the children just as they are about to figure out who and what they are going to play” (Strauss). Without extended pauses in the school day, students cannot acquire time to socialize; therefore, they would not learn life skills to prepare them for adulthood. For some children, “Recess may be the only time during the day when children have an opportunity to experience socialization and real communication” without which, those lacking opportunities to fraternize will have difficulty living and working in harmony as grown adults (Pica). By obtaining time allotted to communicating during the school day, children can learn how to behave and interact as a mature human being. In other words, recess is a necessary part of the school day because students will develop deep-rooted communication skills which are fundamental because (connect with peers, learn how to ask …show more content…
Recess aids in accomplishing the recommended 60 minutes per day of solid activity, “a standard strongly supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy, which can help lower risk of obesity” (Murrary). By partaking in moderate to vigorous movements, students achieve optimal health. Conversely, more time devoted to learning correlates with the rising obesity rates in America because “Kids ' access to physical education has declined in the name of classroom time” (Chinn). In comparison, more recess time gives students access to exercise which would promote a healthier body. Also, these breaks improve any student’s motor skills regardless of athletic vigor because “it does provide the opportunity for children to be active in the mode of their choosing and to practice movement and motor skills” (Murrary). Motor skills would otherwise be weak without the opportunity to practice. Because students will be partaking in activities during recess, their physical abilities will improve. (find connection to education -

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