I'm so angry I just hit the enter button and posted only the title. Sorry, ATS.
So most of you know I'm a teacher. I teach first grade in a very rural, poor area.
Well, my principal just informed us all that on the week we have PE (physical education), our students will not get recess time.
WHAT THE HELL??!!!!!
There is a TON of research that shows children NEED unstructured time to play. They're learning, while playing...and relieving stress from the
We already demand so much from our little ones. If I follow my principal's instructions, it will mean my kids have no break from 9:00-2:15, except
for lunch. And the principal insists the first ten minutes of lunch must be silent.
This is a disaster, and it angers me. Unfortunately, I'm in a tricky situation at the moment. This is a new principal, and I've made waves ever
since he started here last year. I've been very vocal about some of the dumber changes, tried to make a difference in certain areas, and all it has
gotten me is trouble. I can't rock the boat. I can't. I can't.
Oh, what the hell. Yes I will. Someone has to say it, might as well be me.
So here's what I've found.
From the NC Department of Curriculum and Instruction (our Boss):
Section 3. RECESS AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY Structured/unstructured recess and other physical activity (such as, but not limited to, physical activity
time, physical education or intramurals) shall not be taken away from students as a form of punishment. In addition, severe and/or inappropriate
exercise may not be used as a form of punishment for students.
A minimum of 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity shall be provided by schools for all K-8 students daily. This requirement can be
achieved through a regular physical education class and/or through activities such as recess, dance, classroom energizers, or other curriculum based
physical education activity programs. However, such use of this time should complement and not substitute for the physical education program.
You can find that here
if you are interested.
Just emailed the principal and the state about this.
I"m so going to get fired. When that happens, I'm going to sue for unlawful dismissal and take the state for millions. Then I'll open up my own
elementary school and get away from all this stupid government mandated NONSENSE and actually TEACH my kids!
Sorry, this just really really p*sses me off.
Off to research the legalities of denying children recess.
edit on 8-1-2013 by smyleegrl because: (no reason given)
8-1-2013 by smyleegrl because: (no reason given)