Pediatricians say kids need recess during schoolSubmitted by DeMolay on Mon, 12/31/2012 - 02:02
(Reuters Health) - A group of American pediatricians is telling school districts that children need recess and free time during the school day, and it should not even be taken away as punishment.
"We consider it essentially the child's personal time and don't feel it should be taken away for academic or punitive reasons," said Dr. Robert Murray, who co-authored the new policy statement for the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The statement, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, says recess is a "crucial and necessary component of a child's development."
Recess helps students develop communication skills, such as cooperation and sharing, and helps counteract the time they spend sitting in class, according to the statement.