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"Play is behavior that looks as if it has no purpose," says NIH psychologist Dr. Stephen Suomi. "It looks like fun, but it actually prepares for a complex social world."

Numerous studies have evidence suggesting play has considerable benefits for kids including boosting brain function, increasing fitness, improving coordination, and teaching cooperation.

As pressure mounts for schools to pass ever-changing tests that only measure the academic aptitude of their students, anything that does not directly correlate with the test's metrics are being abandoned.

Often, creative peripherals like music and art classes are the first to get cut. Formal physical education classes follow. Even recess, that hallmark of childhood for so many of us, is on the chopping block in the short-sighted, panic-driven need to "teach the test."

Cutting these creative outlets aren't doing kids any favors in the long term. The US Play Coalition reports in "A Research-Based Case for Recess" that "minimizing or eliminating recess can negatively affect academic achievement, as growing evidence links recess to improved physical health, social skills, and cognitive development." The American Academy of Pediatrics states that it "believes recess is a crucial and necessary component of a child's development and, as such, it should not be withheld for punitive or academic reasons."

It's time the Department of Education took a stand for our kids. Tell Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to make creative play a priority in the curriculum of all American public schools. Our kids deserve it!

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Dear Secretary of Education Arne Duncan,

I am alarmed at the growing push to cut creative play from the curriculum of American public schools.

In the rush to ensure compliance with new and ever-changing testing standards for our students, short-sighted administrators are cutting where they can in an effort to squeeze in more time to "teach the test."

Unfortunately, the first things to go are often creative peripherals like music and art classes. Formal physical education classes follow. Even recess, that hallmark of childhood for so many of us is on the chopping block.

This does a deep disservice to today's students. Countless studies from reputable organizations like the NIH, US Play Coalition, The American Academy of Pediatrics, and Psychology Today all support the idea that children learn best when they have the opportunity to engage their creativity and learn through play.

The US Play Coalition found in a study entitled "A Research-Based Case for Recess" that "minimizing or eliminating recess can negatively affect academic achievement, as growing evidence links recess to improved physical health, social skills, and cognitive development." The American Academy of Pediatrics stated that it "believes recess is a crucial and necessary component of a child's development and, as such, it should not be withheld for punitive or academic reasons."

Albert Einstein once said, "Play is the highest form of research." We agree wholeheartedly with his assessment.

Please, be an advocate for today's students and make sure that creative play is a priority in the curriculum requirements for all American public schools.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Jun 19, 2018 Randyl Sachs
Jun 17, 2018 LINDA FANCHER
Jun 17, 2018 Jammie Zamora
Jun 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 17, 2018 kristen rangel
Jun 17, 2018 Cindy Brown
Jun 17, 2018 Isabel Berning
Jun 16, 2018 Nancy Rooney
Jun 16, 2018 (Name not displayed) CHILDREN NEED PLAYTIME TO RELEASE ENERGY IN ORDER TO CONCENTRATE ON STUDIES!
Jun 16, 2018 Tanya Kenton
Jun 16, 2018 LISA RICE
Jun 16, 2018 Felipe Menossi
Jun 16, 2018 Lisa Hayes
Jun 16, 2018 Marlisa James
Jun 16, 2018 Barbara Kopelman
Jun 16, 2018 Samantha Herring
Jun 16, 2018 Cindy Stoppa
Jun 16, 2018 Deirdre Gately
Jun 16, 2018 Allie Jennings
Jun 16, 2018 Jane Rhodus
Jun 16, 2018 Mike Bushaw
Jun 16, 2018 mike ehr My two children went to Elm Creative Arts School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and blossomed in large part because of the arts aspect plus great academic teaching. Today they are productive, well adjusted adults. This teaching path taught them how to think.
Jun 16, 2018 Elizabeth Cox
Jun 16, 2018 Cara Russo
Jun 15, 2018 T.J. Pitts
Jun 14, 2018 Patricia Duncan
Jun 4, 2018 Laura Kirton
Jun 4, 2018 Doreen DeLuca
Jun 1, 2018 Wendy Dalton
May 31, 2018 (Name not displayed) as a retired Special Ed teacher, & Mother of one, we Know how Important this is. Kids Need This do Not take Play away.
May 28, 2018 Laura Harvey Kids need a break!
May 28, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 27, 2018 Amanda a
May 27, 2018 brenda romanini
May 24, 2018 Linda Wilson Kids NEED to learn how to get along with each other and use their imaginations. They need to get off the screens and interject with other children.
May 23, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 21, 2018 Stacey Govito
May 20, 2018 Richard Brigg
May 19, 2018 Carole McKee
May 19, 2018 Debbie Kealey
May 18, 2018 Dianne Brekhus
May 17, 2018 Katie Smith
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May 17, 2018 Mara Löhr
May 16, 2018 Patricia Stern
May 15, 2018 Zoe Fox-Smith
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May 14, 2018 Christine Sepulveda
May 14, 2018 Caroline CEDELLE
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