When you were in grade school, having a set aside time for play and being active during the school day was a given in your childhood. But, as the pressure to produce higher test scores has increased, the value placed on school sanctioned exercise seems to have decreased in today's world. As a parent, of course you want what's best for your child and their education is understandably a top priority, but at what expense? This might have you wondering, what are some of things that happen in kids' bodies when recess gets cut?
It may not be something you've even given much thought to, since the educational system had always allowed for ample recess time in years past. Yet, if you're in the same boat as I am, there's little free time between your daily schedule and your child's time at school to make up for the physical activity your kiddo would (or should) have gotten during recess. So just how important is it for schools to strictly observe breaking for recess during the day and encouraging students to play and stay physically active? As it turns out, experts had quite a few things to say on the topic of what happens to your child's physical health when recess gets cut, and much of it has to do with their mental state.