Playing a Game Is the Voluntary Attempt to Overcome Unnecessary Obstacles
Last month we ran the theme of integrating movement throughout the school day (and outside of physical education classes). Obviously one place where this should be a no-brainer is recess. But it's been scary seeing how many schools and districts have been cutting back on recess time to either provide enrichment classes or add additional academic study time into the school day.
In fact, the reason given why many of these schools are adding "enrichment classes" into recess time is because they have been pushed out of the daily schedule by academic cuts. And this is even though there have been countless studies showing and editorials discussing the benefits of play, whether it be for physical health, social and emotional health, all of the above, and even academic development.
One reason some principals give for eliminating recess is the lack of time in the school day to cover everything and "that there just is not enough time in the day to teach the essentials." But that then begs the question: what is truly essential in our schools if it isn't physical, social and emotional, and mental health?
Worth watching! And if you miss it, remember the quote Jill uses from Bernard Suits:
"Playing a game is the voluntary attempt to overcome unnecessary obstacles."