Just like the common saying, “all work no play makes Jack a dull boy” is true; a similar usage can be said for recess. If it would have been, the saying would have been “all work no recess makes Jack get sick.”
Based on the efforts of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in one of their past statements, they emphasized the necessity and inevitability of recess. In the concluding part of the statement, recess was outrightly said to be crucial.
Recess is important and necessary for the body to be healthy. Sound health is defined as a state where an individual is physically, socially, mentally, and emotionally fit. Anything different from this is referred to as a state of being sick.
For every official organization, it is a common work ethic that there should be a time when people can ease out the work stress and be refreshed for the concluding working hours. People use the short time for different purposes. For some, they take a short nap, some walk around their place of work, many people eat at this moment, while children love to play at such times.
According to AAP in that important statement, they said: “The fundamental goal of the school is to provide academic and cognitive development, and recess is part of that.” Their efforts show that children should never be deprived of their recess moment under any guise, not even as a form of punishment. Since the school is to improve a child’s cognitive and academic prowess, recess performs a major role in this.
Furthermore, allowing children to play around during recess helps them to develop their mental strength. They can apply physics and mathematics on the playground or interact with other kids to promote their social strength.
Without a doubt, recess is very fundamental for adults, more profoundly children.
Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser is a freelance writer and blogger whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Brain Child Magazine and Salon the Huffington Post, Babble, and Ceramics Monthly. Her essays have appeared in various anthologies including The Maternal is Political and Wait a Minute, I Have to Take Off My Bra. A writer for Preview Massachusetts Magazine, she keeps a personal blog, Standing in the Shadows at the publication’s news site, the Valley Advocate, and a Tumblr Refractions. She is a sometime contributor to Momfilter. Follow her on Twitter–@standshadows or Pinterest.
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