A post on Care2 states that the demise of school recess hurts student learning. It advocates that children should have “even 15 minutes” to “run around”. I believe that this article misses a major point- A few-minute gesture of respite or “recess” from hours of mindless busywork is not “recess” at all. The value of outdoor play is in realizing that children’s natural state of being is play and movement. Reversing the ratio of active playing vs. sitting down would be a wonderful start for schools: Freedom to play and move should consume the child’s day and “15 minutes” to sit in discussion (if children so choose) would be more in line with a child’s natural development.
Schools do not understand the fundamental basics of children’s needs or how children’s brains learn, nor do they seem to show compassion, empathy or caring about children’s needs or what is developmentally appropriate. Children of all ages, teens included, learn BY playing- Play is the necessary means by which their brains process, understand, assimilate, store, recall and activate information. Anything they are forced to “learn” that is not through their own will is nothing more than conditioning. Conditioning is an aggressive way of forcing a child to consume, absorb or swallow information or mold to a pattern that is not relevant to their needs. The mass epidemic of labeling children with “learning disabilities” and chemically controlling them with psychiatric drugs is testimony to the failure of schools to understand the most elementary ABC’s of how developing brains learn.
Children’ are being harmed holistically, especially physically, emotionally, cognitively and socially in school due to being starved of play and physical activity in school and also due to the abusive practices in schools of delaying and denying toilet use, hydration, food and movement, especially in the middle and high school grades. Obviously, no youth can “learn” anything under those conditions of distress; their bodies literally go into fight-or-flight or shut down mode. Schools are dangerous places for children and are developmentally inappropriate at all grade levels. Lack of play, lack of physical activity, denial of bodily needs and the lack of compassion by teachers and school officials for these needs are the top reasons why my teen son unschools. Save your child’s childhood, protect your child’s body, mind and spirit and take your child back from this abusive institution- Unschool!
As a coach and consultant, I can help you get started and support you through your journey to rescue your child from public school. I can help you find alternatives such as unschooling or democratic schools, even if you are a single parent. Learn more about my coaching/consultation services here! You can also visit my YouTube channel, LaurieACouture, to view my six videos on the steps of unschooling.