Jambor, Guddemi, and Pellegrini came up with 3 arguments for schools to eliminate recess:
More instructional time is needed to increase test scores
Recess disrupts students’ work patterns, it is hard to return to full attention
Recess encourages aggression and antisocial behavior
IMPACT OF RECESS ON CLASSROOM BEHAVIOR- REFLECTION
I disagree with all three of Jambor, Guddemi, and Pellegrini’s arguments. Although I do think instruction time will increase test scores; but taking away fifteen minutes of break time will do more harm than good in my opinion. Yes, fights might occur during recess but it helps children learn how to work out issues among their peers.
I think recess is a great way to give students a break from constant instruction. Even as a college student I find it hard to stay focused in a three hour class.
Gym class and recess are not the same thing; gym is planned and structured, recess is unstructured and allows students to use the time as they please
“ Recess should not be viewed as a reward, but a necessary educational support component for all children.” –Council on Physical Education for Children
“ It used to be that the biggest problems of recess were scraping your knee or having a run-in with the schoolyard bully. Nowadays the greatest risk maybe to your school’s Adequate Yearly Progress rating”
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Schachter, R. (2005). The End of Recess. District Administration , 41(8), 36-41. Retrieved from EBSCO host .