Let them play! That's the recommendation from researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. Their study points out that the growing trend of reducing free time for play in elementary school is negatively affecting classroom behavior and important social development in children.
By reducing the time children spend during the school day on recess, physical education, creativity and the arts, we're contributing to childhood obesity and robbing children of the positive socialization and much-needed outlet for play that supports children's ability to focus in the classroom.
Give 'em a break. Children need more time to play. Can I get an Amen, Sista!!! And don't even get me started on how much homework they shove at kids these days.
I know it may seem petty, but the biggest problem I have with MiniMe's school is a lack of time in their day for socialization. Learning to make friends and get along with other kids is just as important as learning your 9-times-tables, if you ask me. (not that anyone did). For instance, and this drives me absolutely insane, at MiniMe's school, the children all cram into an inadequately sized cafeteria where they sit at long narrow tables facing each other and . . . they're not allowed to talk to each other. Voice level Zero is their term for it. If kids can't talk to each other as they sit across from one another - hell practically on top of each other - during lunch, when can they get a break? Isn't that what lunchtime is for? To make it worse, the Cafeteria Nazi, er, I mean Manager, stands around throughout lunch screaming into a microphone giving kids orders like "clean up" "voice level zero", crap like that. I wonder if she realizes the cafeteria would be a much more peaceful place if she wasn't screaming into a microphone like a banshee the entire time. I thought about complaining to the Principal the first year MiniMe was at this school, but then I saw the Principal emulating the Cafeteria Nazi in the cafeteria one afternoon and realized this was a "top down" problem.
So listen up Cafeteria Nazi . . . Principal who's only concerned about test scores . . . Let Them Play!!! The world will be a better place for it.