Our partners at PHIT America have been saying it for some time…more recess and physical activity leads to better classroom performance. Well, six elementary schools in the Fort Worth/Irving area of Texas are proving it true. They’ve modeled themselves after a Finnish approach that has worked for decades and now are giving children 60 minutes of recess, (four periods of 15 minutes) each day, compared to the average total of 27 minutes. The results have been a dramatic improvement in scholastic achievement. This should be a no-brainer for school programs nationwide. Let’s not cut Phys-Ed programs, let’s increase them!
Filed under: Parents and Children | Tagged: Bob Murray, Dr. Cathy Ramstetter, Dr. Debbie Rhea, Jim Baugh, Liink Project, Marilyn Tolbert, National Public Radio, NBC News., PHIT America, Texas Christian University |