Sunday, January 10, 2016

This Doesn't Surprise Me

Where education is concerned you can almost never trust the results of "the research", especially when the research itself is only anecdotal.  This, however, wouldn't surprise me if it turns out to be accurate:
Four times a day, the doors of Eagle Mountain Elementary in Fort Worth, Texas, fling open to let bouncy, bubbly, excited kindergarteners and first-graders pounce onto the playground.

The youngest kids at this school now enjoy two 15-minute breaks in the morning and two in the afternoon for a total of one hour of recess a day. That's three times longer and three more breaks than they used to get...

Some five months into the experiment, (Teacher) McBride's fears have been alleviated. Her students are less fidgety and more focused, she said. They listen more attentively, follow directions and try to solve problems on their own instead of coming to the teacher to fix everything. There are fewer discipline issues. 

1 comment:

Pseudotsuga said...

Ah, but...but...that's non-structured activity! How can the kids get into college if they aren't spending every minute preparing for their placement test subjects?