March 02, 2009

The "flip flop factor" vs. recess

The Peaceful Playgrounds blog analyzes one reason kids might not play outdoors as much, in light of a recent article in the New York Times.

An article in the NY Times suggests it's what they call "the flip flop factor." ...Day care workers keep children inside if they show up in flip-flops rather than sneakers or if they don’t have a coat on a chilly day. Sometimes, it was suggested, that if only one child arrived without a coat the whole class was kept inside, most likely due to supervision issues. A teacher cannot supervise students both inside and out.

It's sad to think that the actions of one kid's parents end up affecting the whole class like that - kids getting denied outside time just because one kid is inappropriately dressed for it. Have you experienced this? What do you think is a better solution for such situations?

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