Parents fight to save school recess in Florida
(CNN) – Parents in Orange County, Florida are upset that schools have been forced to trim back recess time in order to fit in more classwork.
Currently 100 out of 123 elementary schools in Orange County have some recess time built into schedules a couple times a week. Parents said it needs to be daily.
School leaders said that 57% of surveyed teachers said they need more time to teach in order to cover the essential standards.
According to WKMG, Superintendent Barbara Jenkins said the board wasn’t opposed to recess, but it boiled down to lack of time and they can’t trim back instructional minutes.
One 5th grader in an Orange County school said poignantly, “If they don’t get a lot of playtime think of it like a sponge in water, the sponge absorbs all the water and that’s all of your energy and the stuff that you’ve been learning all day. You need a break to let it all out so when you squeeze that sponge all the water drains out, same with the energy.”