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All kids deserve daily recess

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Dallas ISD trustee Dan Micciche is correct: The school day shouldn’t be all work and no play. Particularly not for the youngest students.

Micciche’s proposal to require recess at least once a day for students in prekindergarten through fifth grade wins our support. We hope it will also win the backing of Micciche’s fellow board members and become policy for all elementary campuses.

Don’t confuse recess with physical education classes. State law requires PE, but it’s no substitute for a little freewheeling fun.

It’s not just Micciche’s arguments — or our own fond memories of a break from the classroom — that persuade us. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the national Centers for Disease Control are two of many research groups eager to share their documentation supporting how recess improves children’s overall well being and — when the kids return to their seats — enhances learning and focus.

Full Story: Here’s one break that Dallas schoolkids deserve
Source: Dallas Morning News, December 3, 2015

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