Everyone can be a recess advocate. Children need grown-ups to speak up for them, and to provide resources that are missing from our schools. There is no one profession that has its job to stick up for children’s play.
The good news is that this makes each of us a potential champion for play. The bad news: without recess, children are more depressed, more obese, more aggressive, and have less opportunity to clear their minds for classwork.
A child is more likely to have his/her recess removed as punishment, even if s/he did not do anything wrong personally, if she is a minority.
A child is more likely to have recess removed for passive enrichment activities like school assemblies, if s/he comes from an upper middle class school. Middle class students sometimes have recess removed for both punishment and enrichment purposes.
The research is clear: children lose out on healthy physical activity, friend making time, and opportunities for expression when they lose their recess.
Without recess, children’s time at school is a lot less appealing.
With recess and with stimulating materials, school can be a lot more fun.