Jonny Plasencio bundled up and braved the cold with his Ottawa River Elementary classmates for the one routine most of them probably look forward to the most.
"Without recess, we'd be kind of mad," the fourth grader said. But new government figures show some schools and school districts nationwide are cutting back or eliminating recess for elementary school students, particularly as they get older. . . .
"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972
. . .a pupil attitude factor, which appears to have a stronger relationship to achievement than do all the “school” factors together, is the extent to which an individual feels that he has some control over his own destiny. James Coleman, 1966
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Good reporting in the Toledo Blade on the effort to save recess from the testing hysteria: