Friday, October 2, 2015

Recess: A break from classes during the school day or year (Encarta Dictionary)

This is an important issue the 4th "R" of Education (Recess) is just as important and conducive to learning as the other 3 (Reading, wRiting & aRithmetic). Kids need a break during the day so that their brains can absorb and comprehend what was taught in the classroom. - MM

Petitioning Middletown Board of Education Members, Superintendent William George III,

We the members of the Middletown school community request that you reconsider the reduction of recess and lunch time periods in your effort to increase academic study within the class day.

The American Academy of pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that elementary students be provided with scheduled periods of unstructured physical activity and play every day and that this time not be reduced in effort to increase academic study (Murray & Ramstetter, 2013).

Numerous studies purport this claim indicating benefit of recess to support and enhance the social, physical, and emotional development of children. Reducing the time allotted for unstructured play either in lieu of increased academics or as punitive measures for misbehavior robs our children not only of these benefits but also of the opportunities for independent growth and decision-making.

We ask that you consider the holistic needs of our children and adhere to the supported research outlined, as well as parental input and reinstate the prior time frame and unstructured nature of recess. Thank you for your consideration.

Murray, R. & Ramstetter, C. (2013). From the American Academy of Pediatrics

Policy Statement: The Crucial Role of Recess in School. Pediatrics, 131 (1). p. 183 -188
(doi: 10.1542/peds.2012-2993)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (1997). Guidelines for school and community programs to promote lifelong physical activity among young people. MMWR Recomm Rep. 46(RR-6):1–36

National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education. (2011). Recess and the Importance of Play: A Position Statement on Young Children and Recess. Washington, DC: National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education; 2002. Retrieved from:

Sibley B, & Etnier J. (2003). The relationship between physical activity and cognition in children: a meta-analysis. Pediatr Exerc Sci.15. p. 243–256

Stellino M.B., & Sinclair C.D. (2008). Intrinsically motivated, free-time physical activity: considerations for recess. J Phys Educ, Recreat Dance,79(4). P.37–40


Anonymous said...

The children and teachers in our school system are just a sideshow. The main focus seems to be someone's career aspirations. Perhaps that person should stop bombarding the public with their asinine self-congratulatory Twitter feed on the Middletown Patch home page and listen to REAL educators.

Anonymous said...

Easy enough for board members to tamper with recess when those clinging to their positions no longer have little ones in the system. The school system has not improved under the current crop of ambitious Middletowners looking to maintain a hold on some influence. Here's a tip to those who may have just moved into Middletown- there is NO correlation between the size and number of campaign signs you litter the highway with, and your qualifications to be on the board of education. Actually, it's quite the opposite it seems. If you are not happy with the idiotic decisions being made in Middletown, you need to show up on election day and vote for change.