Recess as important as class time
Your favorite class in school may have been one of the most important. The American Academy of Pediatricians has released a policy statement saying that recess and playtime are essential to helping children perform well academically. The reason is simple: kids need down time between their academic classes to process the information they learn throughout the day. Children are less able to retain and process information the longer they are held to a specific task. And it is not enough to simply switch classes; kids need breaks from academic learning throughout the day.
The research comes as schools across the country are cutting out playtime and recess to pack more academics into the school day. At first, experts thought that this could be a significant contributing factor to the rising childhood obesity rates. But the new findings suggest that recess and playtime provide far more than just physical benefits to kids.