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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,

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Jul 16, 2018 amy lerner
Jul 16, 2018 Lisa Sheppard
Jul 16, 2018 Martyn Rickwood
Jul 15, 2018 Mariam Andalibi
Jul 15, 2018 Karen Gagnon
Jul 15, 2018 Pam Rossi
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Jul 15, 2018 Jean Toler
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Jul 14, 2018 Elizabeth Franklin
Jul 14, 2018 Becky Marek
Jul 14, 2018 Maria Soares
Jul 14, 2018 Alistair Robertson
Jul 14, 2018 Kristi L. Meccia
Jul 13, 2018 Danielle Raymond
Jul 13, 2018 BRYAN LAMBERT STOP THE ABUSE OF CHILDREN NOW....
Jul 13, 2018 Pearl Baenchantha
Jul 13, 2018 Nancy Millhorn
Jul 13, 2018 Joseph Tanke Kids need play time to develop socialization skills.
Jul 13, 2018 Mavis Atkinson
Jul 13, 2018 Michael Broos
Jul 13, 2018 Kelly Martins
Jul 13, 2018 Lois Nottingham
Jul 13, 2018 Rachel Smith
Jul 13, 2018 Mary Keating
Jul 13, 2018 Maureen Wulf
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Jul 12, 2018 Renee McKenzie
Jul 12, 2018 Brian Florian
Jul 12, 2018 Christine Lindsey
Jul 12, 2018 jennifer grant
Jul 12, 2018 Wanda BrushThe The creativity of music , art .and physical education is as important to the development of our children aa academics. They serve as outlets from stress and the pressure to excel in their academics.
Jul 12, 2018 Magdalena Gonzalez
Jul 12, 2018 Christina Heberle
Jul 12, 2018 Sarah Stansill
Jul 12, 2018 Renelle Sherry
Jul 12, 2018 Christy De Voy
Jul 12, 2018 Angel Orona
Jul 12, 2018 Korinne Taylor
Jul 12, 2018 Ash Decker
Jul 12, 2018 Margaret Lowery
Jul 12, 2018 Caitlyn Bowers As an early childhood teacher, I know what I’m talking about when I say that when children play, they also learn. They learn limits of their bodies, they use their imaginations, they develop and improve social skills. There are so many more things as well
Jul 12, 2018 S L Vinas Kids need time to play and to pursue creativity. The increase in distracted children is a result of trying to make small children sit still for too long. Plus obesity is increasing--they need to be active!
Jul 12, 2018 Jacqueline Gutierrez
Jul 12, 2018 Kristina Fedorov
Jul 12, 2018 Annie Guigno
Jul 12, 2018 Brian Pierson
Jul 12, 2018 Diane Kinzek
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