Should Elementary School Students Have Guaranteed Recess?
A New Jersey state bill that would require elementary schools provide at least 20 minutes of recess daily to students was vetoed by Gov. Chris Christie earlier this year.
"With all the other problems we have to deal with, my legislature is worried about recess for kids from kindergarten to fifth grade?" Christie said. "You know, part of my job as governor is to veto the stupid bills. That was a stupid bill, and I vetoed it."
Despite Christie's veto, the state senate has reintroduced the bill this spring, arguing that recess should be a right, not a privilege.
Pauline Hynes, mother of a first-grader in Middletown, said on "Fox and Friends" this morning that her child only gets 15 minutes of recess a day, which is actually taken from time allotted for physical education.
She said that children need time to cut loose in a more open atmosphere that's not structured and teacher-directed.
"They can truly be with their friends, they can form their own social relationships. It's important for development," Hynes said.
She said that opponents to the mandatory recess bill point out that high-stakes test preparation is taking up more of the school day, and unions and some parents don't want to add more time to school day.
"They're robbing Peter to pay Paul, and our kids are suffering."
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