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"Play is behavior that looks as if it has no purpose," says NIH psychologist Dr. Stephen Suomi. "It looks like fun, but it actually prepares for a complex social world."

Numerous studies have evidence suggesting play has considerable benefits for kids including boosting brain function, increasing fitness, improving coordination, and teaching cooperation.

As pressure mounts for schools to pass ever-changing tests that only measure the academic aptitude of their students, anything that does not directly correlate with the test's metrics are being abandoned.

Often, creative peripherals like music and art classes are the first to get cut. Formal physical education classes follow. Even recess, that hallmark of childhood for so many of us, is on the chopping block in the short-sighted, panic-driven need to "teach the test."

Cutting these creative outlets aren't doing kids any favors in the long term. The US Play Coalition reports in "A Research-Based Case for Recess" that "minimizing or eliminating recess can negatively affect academic achievement, as growing evidence links recess to improved physical health, social skills, and cognitive development." The American Academy of Pediatrics states that it "believes recess is a crucial and necessary component of a child's development and, as such, it should not be withheld for punitive or academic reasons."

It's time the Department of Education took a stand for our kids. Tell Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to make creative play a priority in the curriculum of all American public schools. Our kids deserve it!

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Dear Secretary of Education Arne Duncan,

I am alarmed at the growing push to cut creative play from the curriculum of American public schools.

In the rush to ensure compliance with new and ever-changing testing standards for our students, short-sighted administrators are cutting where they can in an effort to squeeze in more time to "teach the test."

Unfortunately, the first things to go are often creative peripherals like music and art classes. Formal physical education classes follow. Even recess, that hallmark of childhood for so many of us is on the chopping block.

This does a deep disservice to today's students. Countless studies from reputable organizations like the NIH, US Play Coalition, The American Academy of Pediatrics, and Psychology Today all support the idea that children learn best when they have the opportunity to engage their creativity and learn through play.

The US Play Coalition found in a study entitled "A Research-Based Case for Recess" that "minimizing or eliminating recess can negatively affect academic achievement, as growing evidence links recess to improved physical health, social skills, and cognitive development." The American Academy of Pediatrics stated that it "believes recess is a crucial and necessary component of a child's development and, as such, it should not be withheld for punitive or academic reasons."

Albert Einstein once said, "Play is the highest form of research." We agree wholeheartedly with his assessment.

Please, be an advocate for today's students and make sure that creative play is a priority in the curriculum requirements for all American public schools.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Feb 22, 2018 DorisMarie Thrasher
Feb 22, 2018 Karen Pennell
Feb 22, 2018 Linda Lemke
Feb 22, 2018 Karen Hornberger
Feb 22, 2018 Stephanie Beam
Feb 22, 2018 María Florencia Martínez
Feb 22, 2018 Deb Fritzler Stupid to do away with recess. Children need to play.
Feb 22, 2018 Traci Ball
Feb 22, 2018 Katie Mclaughlin
Feb 22, 2018 Donna Hamilton
Feb 21, 2018 Pat Suchniak
Feb 21, 2018 simone fiocchetta
Feb 21, 2018 Robert Cooke, Jr.
Feb 21, 2018 Janine Vinton
Feb 21, 2018 Rina Drori
Feb 21, 2018 Linda Pappert
Feb 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 21, 2018 John Langevin
Feb 21, 2018 Billie Rackley
Feb 21, 2018 Syreeta Batiste
Feb 21, 2018 Jessica Powers
Feb 21, 2018 Linda Minton Our children and Grandchildren need these programs to continue so they may lead healthy and productive lives that also allow them to stay in touch with nature and their creative side~
Feb 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 21, 2018 Deborah Bol
Feb 21, 2018 Draga Popovski
Feb 21, 2018 Nancy Nilasena
Feb 21, 2018 Stephanie Branom
Feb 21, 2018 Susan Lanes
Feb 21, 2018 Faye Harbottle
Feb 21, 2018 S S
Feb 21, 2018 Rita Zielinski
Feb 21, 2018 Bonnie McGill
Feb 21, 2018 Donna Smith
Feb 21, 2018 Julie Woodhouse
Feb 21, 2018 Gail Deutsch
Feb 21, 2018 Marsha Smith
Feb 21, 2018 Tiffany Medina Play is the most important way that children learn so we should be doing more to encourage it not try to get rid of it.
Feb 21, 2018 Mary West
Feb 21, 2018 Lester Edgecomb
Feb 21, 2018 Sonja Sutherland
Feb 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 21, 2018 Lisa Kauhl
Feb 21, 2018 Elizabeth Svercl
Feb 21, 2018 Alisha Cranford
Feb 21, 2018 Florence Cully
Feb 21, 2018 james wrench
Feb 21, 2018 Mary Barr
Feb 21, 2018 Carol Shelton
Feb 21, 2018 Lois Freeman
Feb 21, 2018 Jana Kitzinger

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