Parents flare up over stolen recess
There is a hue and cry over Superintendent Walts plan to shave 5 minutes off of elementary recess from now until the end of the year, to make up for lost instructional time due to snow days. To date, PWC has missed 12 days and has had 5 2 hour delays because of inclement weather.
Some parents are showing their displeasure by signing a petition to add 5 minutes on to the end of the day rather than shave the time off of recess.
Bristow Beat’s Facebook page also saw an outcry against the decision to shorten recess. Parents argued that young children have to sit through too much structured activity as it is in the school day, and that recess is a good opportunity to allow them to be children.
“Kids today spend almost all of their time in structured activities or in front of a screen (tv, video games, computer, cell phone, ipod) with no opportunity to learn to entertain themselves and be active for fun, EXCEPT SCHOOL RECESS,” one woman commented. “Cut that back and then they wonder why kids have such issues with attention span, creative thinking, etc. The business of childhood is play.”
Many parents commenting agreed that recess is a necessity so that students could come back to class refreshed and ready to learn. They expressed their fear that with a shortened recess children’s behavior and academic ability would suffer.
I think adding 5 minutes to the end of the day sounds good but on the other hand, who knows what all in involved with adding 5 minutes to everything involving transportion. There are probably things the average Joe just hasn’t thought about. Which brings up another point. Why is it up to the schools to fix what ails kids?
“Kids today spend almost all of their time in structured activities or in front of a screen (tv, video games, computer, cell phone, ipod) with no opportunity to learn to entertain themselves and be active for fun, EXCEPT SCHOOL RECESS,” one woman commented.
What am I missing here? Isn’t it the responsibility of the parents to take these toys and screens away from their children and to chase their kids outside? It now sounds like this is something the schools have to provide for kids–live without technology. Back in the day, when my kids were kids, turned off the TV, took away the video games and I chased them outside. They were gone from sun up to sun down, off being kids. Yes, we had perverts back in the dark ages so I don’t want to hear that as an excuse. Kids are actually safer nowadays, they have cell phones which serve as a leash.
Maybe the parents need to start providing recess by structuring tech time (anything hooked up to electricity). Set time limits for those gadgets and stick to it. Don’t ask the school to do what parents should be doing. Recess means free play. PE means structured physical activity. I am not so sure playing a game together doesn’t provide the same amount of physical activity as free play. Free play doesn’t have to mean moving about. It can be sitting in a corner and talking with your friends. Just something to think about….
How much do we rely on schools to do what we as parents aren’t doing? Are schools for more than the basics? Should schools be expected to be the ones to shut off the juice on the electronics? (I wonder how many kids take their DS’s, ipods and iphones out to recess?)