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by Mass Teachers Association category: Education
Active kids learn better. That’s why both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that elementary school students receive at least 20 minutes of unstructured playtime each day.
The data support expanding recess time in Massachusetts. Students with access to the recommended amount of recess time are 20 percent more likely to earn an “A” in Math or English, their performance on memory tasks improves by 16 percent, and their teachers note marked improvements in classroom behavior.
Unfortunately, access to recess in Massachusetts is inequitable because there is no set policy to ensure that students receive the free-play time they need to maximize their learning capabilities. In some urban communities, students receive no unstructured playtime. In wealthier communities, students receive two periods of play per day. We think we can do better for all of our students.
Join us in supporting House Bill 235 to ensure that students get the time they need to be happy and healthy. Your support is crucial. The deadline for approval by the Legislature’s Education Committee is approaching. Act today!
Mass Teachers Association
The MTA represents 110,000 teachers, faculty, professional staff and education support professionals working at public schools, colleges and universities across Massachusetts.