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School Recess

School District Bans Playing Tag, Claiming It's Not Safe For Kids

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 09.25.2015 | Weird News

A Washington state school district has banned the game of tag for kids at recess, citing student safety. "[W]hile at play, especially during recess an...

Six Benefits to Ripping Up the Rulebook

Tim Elmore | Posted 05.14.2014 | Education
Tim Elmore

Instead of the usual list of "rules" most schools enforce, Principal Bruce McLachlan abandoned the recess rubric as part of a successful university experiment. He had a hunch that all the rules and boundaries were backfiring.

Why Kids Should Be Playing Outside During Recess

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 11.25.2013 | Parents

Not all recesses were created equally. According to a new study out of Washington University in St. Louis, urban public school children get more ex...

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...

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...

Low-Income Schools Less Likely To Have Daily Recess

| Sandy Slater | Posted 02.11.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of Education Nation's The Learning Curve blog. Sandy Slater, Research Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Adminis...

Giving Thanks and Taking Action

K. Sujata | Posted 01.09.2012 | Chicago
K. Sujata

This year Chicago-area organizations have made impressive breakthroughs on seemingly intractable issues. As Thanksgiving nears, let's take time to be thankful for the progress we've made in 2011.

Rules and Tools for Choosing Schools

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 10.09.2011 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

The time is now, right now, to find -- or found -- good schools that will serve the next generation of Americans as engines of opportunity in an intensely competitive information age.

Reading, Writing, 'Rithmetic...and Recess

Rae Pica | Posted 08.14.2011 | Education
Rae Pica

Approximately 40 percent of the elementary schools in the U.S. have eliminated recess from the children's day. Here are seven contradictions to the belief that recess is frivolous.

Chicago Group Wages Grassroots Fight To Bring Back Recess

Chicago Tribune | Pat Dunniga | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

In the nearly five years since Lynn Morton helped begin an effort to restore recess to Chicago elementary schools, she says, she has never come across...

Rethinking Recess, Part II

Cari Shane | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Cari Shane

Let's applaud schools that see recess as a time to keep kids emotionally and physically healthy and safe.

School's Out for...Never?

Jill Vialet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jill Vialet

It might ultimately be the right decision to lengthen the school year. But just as the president has identified inefficiencies in our health care system, we also have inefficiencies in our education system.