Jun 30, 2008
On 6/30/08, Tessa- 1st / FL wrote:
> On 6/29/08, Kim/AR/math wrote:
>>> Yes, it is that bad. My first graders are denied recess so we
>>> can fill their heads with knowledge so they can keep us an "A"
>>> school: when they take the test in third grade! It is so
>>> unhealthy to put so much pressure on kids.
>> NCLB does NOT deny children recess. That is a decision made by
>> your school or district. Put the blame where it belongs.
> Do you think they cut recess for the fun of it? They cut it because
> of the pressures of NCLB, because there isn't a minute to spare if we
> want the low kids to learn enough to pass The Test. Before it, recess
There are more ways of getting your students ready for the test than to
make them miss recess. Students can be retained, required to go to
summer school, required to do after school tutoring, better preschool
programs etc. In my state there are minimum requirements for the amount
of physical activity and fine arts. Some states/districts are not going
to the extreme of denying recess. If your school is doing that, it is
because they chose that remedy.