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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,

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Jul 18, 2017 Henry Mongrain
Jul 18, 2017 Joe Pallon
Jul 18, 2017 Jacqueline Geoffroy
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Jul 18, 2017 tony pallini
Jul 18, 2017 Christine Meyer
Jul 14, 2017 Carol Painter
Jul 8, 2017 Jane Harrison
Jun 24, 2017 Miriam Feehily
Jun 20, 2017 Linda Messer
Jun 15, 2017 Lisa Briggs
Jun 15, 2017 Teresa Foster
Jun 15, 2017 Teresa Foster
Jun 15, 2017 Jimmie Lynne Berry
Jun 11, 2017 Yvonne Moody
Jun 10, 2017 Susan Farro
Jun 9, 2017 Beth Smith
Jun 8, 2017 Maryalice Davis
Jun 1, 2017 Cheryl Ramey
Jun 1, 2017 mary peplinski
Jun 1, 2017 Martha Jones Recess might be the only exercise some kids get. Plus, they need the time to blow off steam.
Jun 1, 2017 Debi Tolliver
May 29, 2017 Samantha Manso
May 28, 2017 John Chambers
May 23, 2017 Carol Morris
May 23, 2017 Baylee Markwell
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May 20, 2017 Shirley Troia
May 17, 2017 jane cook
May 9, 2017 jeff hopkins
Apr 27, 2017 Brian Reynolds
Apr 24, 2017 Lualyce Cook
Apr 20, 2017 Debbie Hecky Creative play is what allows the brain to grow, develop and learn how to think independently. That is how new inventions and development to move forward.
Apr 20, 2017 Martha Williams
Apr 20, 2017 Melora Jackson
Apr 19, 2017 Richard Laba
Apr 14, 2017 kellyann morander
Apr 11, 2017 John Dalla
Apr 2, 2017 Micki Sutton
Mar 28, 2017 Tim Young
Mar 27, 2017 Jeanne Sheffer
Mar 27, 2017 Callie Riley
Mar 27, 2017 Mary Towers
Mar 27, 2017 Brandy Schumacher
Mar 27, 2017 Laura Riley
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Mar 26, 2017 Barb Quinn Play time is good for the mind and the body. Do not take recess away!
Mar 26, 2017 Marsha Croner
Mar 19, 2017 Laura Page Play time is a learning time for kids to learn to play and to enjoy playing.

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