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The State of Education Is Not Strong

Laurie Levy | Posted 02.01.2016 | Parents
Laurie Levy

My fourth grade granddaughter recently asked me what I was thinking to write for my next blog post. She has strong opinions and great suggestions, so I turned the question back to her, and she told me that even with an excellent and innovative teacher that she loves, it is hard to stay focused on the work all day.

Why The Simple Solution To Academic Success Might Be More Recess

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 01.28.2016 | Parents

As schools look for more time to squeeze in math, reading and other academic subjects, a long-time cornerstone of elementary school life has taken a ...

Watching Recess Go to Pieces

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 01.21.2016 | Education
Shira Hirschman Weiss

As kids turn to couch potatoes in this Golden age of TV, and with the popularity of Netflix, iPods and iPads, we should be encouraging fresh air and exercise as much as we can. I really hate watching recess go to pieces.

This School Gave Kids More Recess. Here's What Happened.

TODAY.com | Adam Goldberg | Posted 01.11.2016 | Parents

Four times a day, the doors of Eagle Mountain Elementary in Fort Worth, Texas, fling open to let bouncy, bubbly, excited kindergarteners and first-gra...

Recess Is Not a Privilege

Laura Hanby Hudgens | Posted 11.10.2015 | Parents
Laura Hanby Hudgens

Instead of treating recess as an important, in fact crucial, part of a student's day, some schools still act as if recess is a privilege bestowed on well-behaved, compliant students. They use recess as a bargaining tool and withhold it as a form of punishment.

WATCH: How a Bench Fosters Friendship At Schools Across the Country

HooplaHa | Posted 10.29.2015 | Good News
HooplaHa

Being a kid can be tough. Especially if you are shy, making friends doesn't come easily. 10-year-old Christian agrees and did something to help.

Let the Children Play! Especially During Recess

Katie Hurley | Posted 10.29.2014 | Education
Katie Hurley

A current trend in classroom management is to hold kids in from recess as a means of disciplinary action. The problem with this strategy, of course, is that kids need recess. They need to decompress, burn off energy and socialize.

Saving Recess

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | Posted 07.01.2014 | College
Jackie Jenkins-Scott

I'm pleased to share with you a guest blog written by an outstanding Wheelock graduate student Jennifer Nguyen, who will be graduating this month with...

Why Safer Playgrounds Might Not Be Better For Kids

HuffPost Live | Posted 04.18.2014 | Parents

A Washington University in St. Louis study determined that urban public school children get more exercise when spending recess outside, rather than in...

10 TV Theme Songs That Will Transport You To The '90s

Posted 11.22.2013 | TV

Let me tell you about an era, long ago, called the '90s. Perhaps you've heard of it? It was a simpler time, free of selfies and twerking, filled inste...

Here's One Way to Wreck a Child's Education: Take Away Recess

Hayley Krischer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Hayley Krischer

I understand that teachers are trying to control their classroom. I know many of the classrooms give rewards as well as take-away reward systems. But taking away a crucial part of a child's learning -- play -- is unproductive when getting a kid to sit still.

House Cancels Recess In Attempt To Avoid Shutdown

Reuters | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics

By David Lawder WASHINGTON, Sept 12 (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday bought themselves more t...

The Hardest Part Of Helping My Daughter With Her Recess Problem

Carrie Goldman | Posted 11.04.2013 | Parents
Carrie Goldman

Ahh, yes. Recess. Also known as the jungle. It is the bane of every neurotic parent's existence, the nagging worry in the pit of a school's stomach, the dreaded and longed-for unstructured play time.

Disney's 'Recess' IRL

Posted 06.28.2013 | Comedy

The millennial '90s nostalgia train is leaving the station with this video. If you can remember Disney's animated series "Recess" that ran from 1997-2...

Zach Carter

LAZY CONGRESS

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 02.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Public approval for Congress remains near an all-time low, but lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives aren't doing much about it...

Children Need Recess -- and Schools Need Help

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 03.04.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Lots of times, when I ask my patients what they think is the best part of school, they say, "recess." They may be on to something.

I Feel Like a Kid Again

Zachary Stevens | Posted 02.17.2013 | Education
Zachary Stevens

I guess the countless years of adults saying, "Don't wish to be older, be your age" finally clicks once you hit your twenties and bills start showing up in your name.

Soul Seasoning

Kenya (Robinson) | Posted 01.30.2013 | Arts
Kenya (Robinson)

E'rybody in the Othered Art World is harrumphing over the review of "Now Dig This" in the New York Times.

Boys Flying High: Why Adults Should Play

Bob Brody | Posted 11.21.2012 | New York
Bob Brody

Play could turn out to be powerful therapy. It might even be exactly the kind of health care reform the doctor ordered.

Michael McAuliff

House Dems: 'Fired Up, Ready To Stay'

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 09.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Complaining that Congress is going on its election break at the earliest point in decades, Democrats in the House Friday challenged thei...

Syracuse Elementary Schools Get Rid Of Recess

Posted 09.10.2012 | Education

For Syracuse’s elementary school students, recess will no longer be part of the daily agenda, as the district’s master schedule for the new year m...

Green the Back to School Blues

Jackie Ostfeld | Posted 11.06.2012 | Green
Jackie Ostfeld

Today's kids are growing up in an environment very different from that of the generations preceding them. Children are really overdosing on the indoors.

Why Every Student Needs a Playground to Succeed

Darell Hammond | Posted 10.06.2012 | Education
Darell Hammond

An elementary school without a playground? It seems unfathomable, but it is the sad reality for a surprising number of schools today.

Recess Helps African American, Latino Students Perform In Class, Study Says

Posted 05.11.2012 | Black Voices

While the benefits of physical activity among children has given rise to little, if any, debate, the benefits of midday playtime has. On one end of th...

Middle School, Bully and What We Should Do Now

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 06.25.2012 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Several parts of this documentary made me bristle with fury. I felt both protective of these helpless victims and angry that the adults in charge were mostly dismissive.