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Policy Statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics: The crucial role of recess in school

by jmiller on April 4, 2013

The American Academy of Pediatrics believes that recess is a crucial and necessary component of a child’s development and as such, it should not be withheld for punitive or academic reasons.  “A growing trend toward reallocating time in school to accentuate the more academic subjects has put this important facet of a child’s school day at risk.  Recess serves as a necessary break from the rigors of concentrated, academic challenges in the classroom.  Recess is unique from, and a complement to physical education – not a substitute for it.”  (Pediatrics, Jan 1)  Click here to read full-text.