No More Recess:
The New American Sweatshop
By Jamie McKenzie (About author)
We have a new American Sweatshop emerging as NCLB causes many school districts to take drastic measures like eliminating recess for elementary children.
It is hard to believe that school leaders would betray what we know about learning, physiology, psychology and wellness just because the federal NCLB hammer is poised to smash down on schools.
Eliminating recess, silent reading and other important aspects of elementary education is folly of the first order.
Whatever happened to the idea of educating the whole child?
The current national educational policy is narrowing the focus of the curriculum for millions of children so they end up with a lean diet of basics and a pressurized daily grind that is like life in an 18th century factory.
While the Secretary of Education claims to have the best interests of children in mind, she and her allies are responsible for drastic changes in the culture and practices of schools that will eventually be proven unhealthy, unwise and damaging. Sadly, it might take a decade before Congress awakens to the damage it has set in motion.