This article in The Christian Science Monitor points to an interesting endorsement of Dan Pink’s A Whole New Mind. By reintroducing Play into the school day, students listen better and focus more during class.
Play is important to success. Teaching kids that is is “OK” to take a break and then get to work is not only an important life skill, but may also motivate our students to develop that empathy. Think about what your own child learns on the playground, both good and bad. But the good part encourages team work, adhering to rules, and creating new ways to entertain. These are essential to developing Pink’s right-brain aptitudes.
It’s my opinion that this issue will not go away. As budgets get cut and standardized curriculum become the norm, it will be awful tempting to cut programs such as recess.
But read the article and make your own conclusion. Mine is clear: Play is good!Share