SEATTLE - A surprising number of people took serious exception to my criticism of creating a law to require recess in public schools. (Read earlier commentary at this link.)
Dana Steele-Sierk writes: "As a high school science teacher and the mom of two elementary school kids, I say bring on more recess...to heck with raisins and apple pie - let's play more."
Terry Barker: "I don't know if a law is needed, but something needs to be done so that kids can still have time to just go outside and be kids for just a little while each day."
Amy Richards: "Kids today are losing their childhood to inane tests and overscheduled lives...Don't take recess away too."
Dave Milligan: "Your 'two-bits' didn't recognize any of the underlying reasons for this legislation...Your criticism of (the) bill was...ill informed...This is about requiring (schools) to provide time for...students to decompress."
Micki Webb: "I'll sign (up) as long as...lima beans (are also banned)
And finally, from Kiana Weinschenk: "You obviously are completely ignorant of...the strong link between activity, cognition and academic performance...you sorely need to expand upon your knowledge base."
You're not kidding Kiana. I had to look up the definition of "cognition."
Thanks for writing everyone.
Have a great weekend.
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