New Georgia resolution urges more school recess

Here’s something Georgia school kids can get behind: more recess.

Georgia lawmakers recently passed a resolution from Rep. Demetrius Douglas (D-Stockbridge) urging schools to allow more recess time for school children. HR 1342 received final passage March 16.

“Presently, students are facing higher academic expectations, along with health risks that are conducive with physical inactivity,” Douglas said. “Research has proven that children learn better when they are provided adequate breaks for physical activity - from improving their focus to developing necessary social, emotional and mental skills that will benefit them in the long run. Additionally, many students in the Metro Atlanta area do not have a way to engage in physical activities at home due to the close proximity of traffic, unsafe roadways or criminal activity. Therefore, having ample recess time during school hours is crucial for Georgia’s children.”

The resolution noted that some Georgia schools have recently shortened recess times to 15 minutes a day to make more time for test preparation. The resolution also noted that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children get an hour of active unstructured play. The academy noted that children who get regular recess are healthier, better able to concentrate, and develop the life skills needed to be engaged learners.