This article supports the idea that students need free play everyday to support their mental health. The author, a superintendent from Long Island, NY shares what he has done to provide play and recess in his school district.Source:
Michael J. Hynes, Education Week, August 1, 2018Description:
"In our schools, free play and recess has declined, and school and structured activities have taken over most child and family lifestyles. It's hard to conceive that the 2017 Center for Disease Control report on "Strategies on Recess in Schools" identified only eight states that have policies requiring daily recess in schools. In fact, the "United Nations Standards of Human Rights" endorses that federal prisoners have at least an hour of outdoor exercise every day. If a prisoner in jail has this endorsement, why wouldn't we allow the same right to our children in our schools?"Read the full article here!