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Why young kids need less class time — and more play time — at school

from By Debbie Rhea via The Washington Post

Longtime SHAPE America member Debbie Rhea talks about the importance of allowing children to play more and sit less in school: "It seems counter-intuitive to think that less classroom time and more outdoor play would lead to a better education for kids. But longer time on task doesn't equate to better results, only greater burnout. For years, educators have tried different unsuccessful strategies — more testing, more instruction — to reverse these trends. The answer, however, is not more class time. It's more play." more

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