November 04, 2010

Letter to editor: Play is a human right

In early September, Megan Rosker contacted KaBOOM! to ask if we could arm her with some resources on the importance of recess and play. After learning that her child's school in St. Petersburg, Fla. does not provide students with recess after kindergarten, she had teamed up with another parent to convince school officials that elementary-school students need recess, too.

Megan is still fighting the good fight. And despite resistance from school officials, she is not prepared to give up. Here's an excerpt from a recent letter to the editor she wrote that appeared in the St. Petersburg Times.

"As a former teacher, I am well-aware of the pressures being put on teachers and students to perform, but recess and the right to play and leisure is spelled out by the United Nations and is well researched by the American Academy of Pediatrics and many other child advocates. This isn't optional. Recess and free play are just as important as math and reading or art and music. We have to stop allowing play to be viewed as something that can be trimmed from the lives our children. It is essential, a basic human right."

Read the full letter here. And also check out Megan's blog, where she recently shared her thoughts on the link between the rise in bullying and the growing play deficit.

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