Instead, either lengthen the school year or think about cutting back on the teaching load. In recent years, more parents have begun fighting a trend of reduced recess time and are calling on schools to give children a chance to play.
Abolishing free time during the school day, observers say, began with pressure from international competition. Last year, Rhode Island enacted a similar law requiring 20 minutes of consecutive recess for elementary-school kids.
But talk is all they seem to do. A study found that 8- and 9-year-old children who had at least one daily recess period of more than 15 minutes had better classroom behavior.
I did it both as a way of punishing for bad behavior or as a way to carve out a few extra minutes of learning time in an otherwise packed day. Recess: Necessity or Nicety?