February 24, 2009

New York Times features article on Pediatrics recess study

More people are noticing the importance of recess!

The New York Times recently published an article about the recent study of recess and classroom behavior in the journal Pediatrics. Here's what they had to say:

A study published this month in the journal Pediatrics studied the links between recess and classroom behavior among about 11,000 children age 8 and 9. Those who had more than 15 minutes of recess a day showed better behavior in class than those who had little or none. Although disadvantaged children were more likely to be denied recess, the association between better behavior and recess time held up even after researchers controlled for a number of variables, including sex, ethnicity, public or private school and class size.

Recess is clearly vital, but so many schools are cutting it! What's happening with recess in your community?

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