The Silent Playground – Why Students Need Daily Recess
By Mayra Bazán Torres
The school playground was once the highlight of most elementary students’ days. It was an escape where children could socialize with friends, participate in free play, take part in sports, and explore nature. The endless laughter that once echoed from elementary school playgrounds has unfortunately turned into silence.
A study from 2011 concluded that “only 40% of school systems had an explicit recess policy” (Jarrett, “A Research-Based Case for Recess,” www.usplaycoalition.clemson.edu, November 2013).
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