Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Reading, 'Riting, 'Rithmatic, and Recess
The New York Times had an article today about how...wait for it...recess is actually good for students. I have seen schools tighten down ever harder on students to get them to buckle down because we're falling behind the Chinese or the Indians or the Japanese or the (insert current cultural bugaboo here). Are our test scores comparatively bad? Absolutely, you can't question the emperical data. At the same time, our cultures are completely different, and ratcheting down the curriculum isn't going to change anything. If we want to score better on tests, we teach to the tests. At any rate, I think that this study proves what 3M, P&G, Google, and a host of other companies have already come to recognize - you get more out of your people when you give them some relaxation time. By taking away the recess, be it in school or at work, you're going to have less productive workers because they need that break every so often to get out of a problem they're working on, clear their mind, get some blood flowing, and then get back and tackle the problem.