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Sep 29, 2014

Should Kids Lose Recess for Bad Behavior?

In many schools, kids who act up in class are forced to sit out recess. But public-school students in Springfield, Missouri, no longer have to worry about that. School officials there decided to put an end to that type of punishment last school year. They say recess is too important for kids’ health.

“[We] emphasize the importance of student wellness and physical fitness,” says Teresa Bledsoe, a spokeswoman for Springfield Public Schools.

Many other schools have also stopped taking away recess from kids who misbehave. The American Academy of Pediatrics, a leading group of doctors, supports the change.  

However, excluding kids from recess is still a common punishment. More than three quarters of principals say their schools still do it, according to a recent poll by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Many principals argue that kids look forward to recess, so taking it away for bad behavior teaches them a lesson.

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