Tavares, FL July 28, 2014 The short URL to this page is: http://tinyurl.com/lzkla88
The Lake County Board had a meeting where several parents provided public input about the apparent LACK of recess for students at Lake County Elementary schools, apparently due to extra workload from Common Core classroom time requirements.
This is a new unexpected consequence of Common Core (to me), so I created this page to gather information on recess and policies as gathered. Consider this a Fact Sheet on School Recess issues.
Here is my video of the entire meeting:
Public input was given and below are time markers in the above video where parents talked about the need for recess.
Here are my notes and time markers in the above video of the speakers on Recess
This morning I attended (late) the Innovation Exchange by Superintendent Moxley in Clermont.At the end I raised the issue of reduced school recess time and the impacts, referring to last night's meeting that I attended (at least the public comment part) where four of the thirteen public speakers address negative consequences of reduced recess time.She is aware of this reduction, saying that several years ago the State qualified what is funded and not funded: recess time is not funded; can't get credit for it. So in an effort to get more classroom instruction time, recess is being sacrificed (my choice of "S" word). In general certain courses are no longer allowed if they DON'T MEET STANDARDS OR RIGOR; she used Study Hall as one example, and said recess falls into that area. At the same time a certain number of minutes are required by the State, thus "recess can't be part of an academically funded school day." [from my notes; something to that effect].On the other had, she did say that the school board has asked for a workshop on this topic, and from her tone I predict that at least some recess time should be restored eventually.I did point out (following the line of thought of last night's concluding public speaker Amy Kish) that ironically to improve student performance we are introducing rigor and standards (ala Common Core) that is creating stress that is blocking serotonin that results in poorer brain performance and correspondingly LESS student performance. I also pointed out also that while the district is embarking on large strategic management efforts, the importance of small simple but very important traditional things like recess are not getting appropriate attention.=======================================Here are added links on Recess supplied by Larry Brooks:Nov 2013-Using yoga balls at Seminole Springs ES as alternative to chairs: to relieve need to move around in classroom.
2004-An old article, possibly near beginning of trend.
2009-Recess makes for better students-Washington Post
2013-Nixing Recess: The Silly, Alarmingly Popular Way to Punish Kids