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  •  It's Not the Schools' Fault or Desire (11+ / 0-)

    It's the result of more than a decade of bipartisan attacks on public education. Republicans and Democrats agree that standardized testing is of utmost importance, and that schools must present higher test scores in math and reading, or be closed and replaced by privatized charter schools.

    As a result, schools have been cutting just about everything (not just recess) to make room for rote drilling of math and reading, and for studying to pass the tests that they are given repeatedly, grade after grade, year after year. There are incredibly few teachers who support any of this; it's simply the result of policies you can thank people like Bush II, Obama, and countless governors and lobbyists for.

    As an aside, of course, Obama's daughters attend a school that repudiates virtually every single one of the policies he advocates.

    The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."

    by teacherjon on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 08:49:50 AM PST

    •  what about no recess as punishment? (0+ / 0-)

      How big is your personal carbon footprint?

      by ban nock on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 08:59:19 AM PST

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      •  That is a complex issue as well. (1+ / 0-)
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        Yes, recess is essential. At my girls school, recess isn't taken away indiscriminately, but it is one of the few carrots that is available to teachers/aides. If the child is not using their time wisely (playing) during class, then shaving a few minutes off of recess time to finish the work is natural consequences. Repeated bad behavior or piles of unfinished work will result in the whole of recess being forfeited(possibly is the Support Room for truly bad behavior.) Remember these are elementary age children. At least at our school the choice of after school detention is not feasible due to childcare arrangements and bus routes. Some parents are not able to get to school to pick up the child at those times. If your 8 year old didn't get off the bus as scheduled you would probably be upset. The Cafeteria aides will sometimes offer to supervise extra recess time (5 minutes or so) to reward good behavior at lunch.

        Oh for crying out loud!

        by 4mygirls on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 09:26:53 AM PST

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    •  As usual...follow the $...and it isn't teachers' (1+ / 0-)
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      benifits/salaries!

      Robber Baron "ReTHUGisms": John D. Rockefeller -"The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets"; Jay Gould -"I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half."

      by ranton on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 09:56:03 AM PST

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