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Continued: Advocates calling for the return of school recess

  • Article by: RENEE SCHOOF MCCLATCHY NEWS SERVICE
  • Last update: February 26, 2013 - 3:02 PM

As is often the case with school facilities, equipment and other education amenities, children in high-poverty schools are less apt to have recess than are children in more affluent communities, the Pediatrics report noted.

Discipline issues

One strike against recess, a Gallup study found, was that principals said that nearly 90 percent of their schools’ discipline problems happened outside of class, mostly at lunch or recess.

Olga Jarrett, a professor of early childhood education at Georgia State University who’s conducted her own research into recess, said that when she asked teachers whether they offered it, many of them didn’t, either because the schools were “preparing for tests or using it as a punishment.”

Jarrett also has studied the effect recess has on children when they return to class. Teachers, take note:

“My own study showed that when kids had recess they were less fidgety and more on task after recess time,” she said.

University of Minnesota student reporter Morgan Mercer contributed to this report.

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