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In many school districts, elementary school recess has been shortened, or eliminated entirely. Is this a good idea?

How do the school districts your children/grandchildren attend deal with recess?

Yes. The academics are more important than recess (13.6%)

No. It is important for kids to get a break during the day (86.4%)

Not sure/No opinion (0.0%)

In many school districts, elementary school recess has been shortened, or eliminated entirely. Is this a good idea?
  • Justmissash By Justmissash
    on Jan 20, 2015  

    Kids have shorter attention spans. Having recess is healthy for them. It gives them a chance to let loose and get all their wiggles out. Take away recess and we are going to have more problems in class with kids who aren't paying attention or able to focus.

  • kkotts8 By kkotts8
    on Jan 21, 2015  

    kids need recess, they need fresh air and a little exercise.

  • Autumnkat By Autumnkat
    on Jan 21, 2015  

    Kids need the socialization that recess provides. Most jobs allow for at least one 15-minute break in the course of the day, why shouldn't a school day? Kids are there all day long working. They should be allowed to have a few minutes each day to get out from under.

  • ladybug36 By ladybug36
    on Jan 21, 2015  

    Children need the social skills at this age so that when they get older they can function better in society. Exercise is also healthy.

  • cheryllo By cheryllo
    on Jan 22, 2015  

    Recess should be an important part of the day for kids, especially in elementary school. I have a 7 year old grandson who is a giant ball of energy. They need to release that energy instead of sitting still all day. I think it's more important for the teachers than it is for the kids. The poor teachers must go nuts trying to keep their attention.