The report states: "A growing trend toward reallocating time in school to accentuate the more academic subjects has put this important facet of a child’s school day at risk...Recess is unique from, and a complement to, physical education -- not a substitute for it. The American Academy of Pediatrics believes that recess is a crucial and necessary component of a child’s development and, as such, it should not be withheld..."
"Just as physical education and physical fitness have well-recognized benefits for personal and academic performance, recess offers its own, unique benefits. Recess represents an essential, planned respite from rigorous cognitive tasks. It affords a time to rest, play, imagine, think, move, and socialize," the report states.
"After recess, for children or after a corresponding break time for adolescents, students are more attentive and better able to perform cognitively...In addition, recess helps young children to develop social skills that are otherwise not acquired in the more structured classroom environment."
The AAP is officially advocating that all schools create - or recreate - a recess policy allowing everyone (not just the kids) to enjoy a scheduled break in the school day.
Does your child's school still have recess? What do you think of the AAP's position?
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