Garfield teacher and activist Jesse Hagopian weighs in on the issue of the benefits of recess in an op-ed at the Times.
The average time Seattle students spend in recess has steadily declined over the past few years according to a May KUOW investigative story.
What's worse, the schools with the shortest recess times enroll disproportionately more low-income students and students of color.
I'll just weigh in and say I believe it is folly to cut unstructured play for students. I think many of you might be too young to remember the children's singer, Raffi, but he had a great song called "Shake My Sillies Out." I think recess is a good time for that and gives a needed outlet for kids and benefits the teacher with kids who more prepared to learn.