Recess a Crucial Part of School Day, Says American Academy of Pediatrics
Recess is an essential part of a child’s school day that should never be taken away as punishment if a kid misbehaves or has poor academic performance, the American Academy of Pediatrics said Monday.
The academy released its first ever position policy on recess in school, which it calls a necessary break from the physical and mental demands of a typical day at school. The statement, which was published online Dec. 31 in Pediatrics, adds that recess should be a period of free, unstructured play.
Children may gain cognitive, physical, emotional and social benefits from the daily activity as well, according to the statement.
Policy co-author Dr. Robert Murray, a professor of pediatric nutrition at The Ohio State University, told CBSNews.com that children — like adults — need ample time to decompress and process new information throughout a busy day.
“Kids do much better when they get breaks in the day,” he said.