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.
The world-renowned architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, wrote in his autobiography, "The maple-wood blocks are in my fingers to this day. These primary forms and figures were the secret of all effects which were ever got into the architecture of the world."
While the media likes to run story after story about the drama of Success Academy's legal battles, quietly, day after day, in well-maintained and orderly classrooms, kids are learning. That is the story I would like to share.