When I was a kid, there was a universal answer when an adult asked about our favorite subject in school. "Recess!" we would chorus, and most of the time, we were telling the truth.
Today's kids may give you a blank look if you ask about recess. They may have P.E. in a gym instead. If they do have recess, chances are that some activities, such as Red Rover, have been banned. A recent poster on the Free-Range Children website claimed that running had been banned at her child's school. Many emails with administrators later, she was advised that there was no such official policy at her child's school, but that overcautious playground monitors had been telling the kids not to run. I know that it can be nerve-wracking to see children tearing around a playground at full tilt, but surely the benefits of such exercise outweigh the possible risks.
One practice that I know goes on at many schools is keeping kids in at recess if they haven't finished their work. That one makes no sense at all. The child who has difficulty finishing work is probably the child who needs play time the most.
Do your grandchildren still have old-fashioned recess? Leave a comment below.