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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


Feb 23, 2018 Karl Zimmerman
Feb 23, 2018 Eva Avrampou
Feb 23, 2018 Sharon Sutton
Feb 23, 2018 Michèle Haudebourg
Feb 23, 2018 (Name not displayed) Such things were the only things that made school bearable for me. Don't make school like a prison!
Feb 22, 2018 rza rza
Feb 22, 2018 Terese McCready
Feb 22, 2018 Katerina Abolmazova
Feb 22, 2018 Alisa Conley
Feb 22, 2018 Acquanetta Moore
Feb 22, 2018 Karienne Gauthier crone
Feb 22, 2018 BARBARA MCKEE
Feb 22, 2018 Jacqueline Spencer
Feb 22, 2018 Kristina Cotten
Feb 22, 2018 Maria Allen
Feb 22, 2018 Cynthia Arneson
Feb 22, 2018 Fran Pletschet
Feb 22, 2018 Jonathan Juges
Feb 22, 2018 Laura Vanesa García
Feb 22, 2018 Murry Caetano
Feb 22, 2018 Harriett Clementson
Feb 22, 2018 Emily Parks
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Feb 22, 2018 Carol and Barry Meehan
Feb 22, 2018 Melissa Odom
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Feb 22, 2018 Georgina Wright
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Feb 22, 2018 STANLEY OSLUND
Feb 22, 2018 Callie McBride
Feb 22, 2018 Glenn Secor
Feb 22, 2018 Nanook Lin
Feb 22, 2018 Owen Jarvis
Feb 22, 2018 Deven Jarvis
Feb 22, 2018 Jenny Lin
Feb 22, 2018 David Lin
Feb 22, 2018 Charlene Houchins
Feb 22, 2018 Juanita Montano
Feb 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 22, 2018 Heather McKenzie-York
Feb 22, 2018 ERIN GALLAGHER
Feb 22, 2018 Brian Harris
Feb 22, 2018 Sheryl Cody Recess is an absolute necessary time needed for active kids in schools! PERIOD!!
Feb 22, 2018 Robert Martin
Feb 22, 2018 gia ehr
Feb 22, 2018 DorisMarie Thrasher
Feb 22, 2018 Karen Pennell
Feb 22, 2018 Linda Lemke
Feb 22, 2018 Karen Hornberger
Feb 22, 2018 Stephanie Beam

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