Letter to the editor — April 16, 2012

Dear editor,

I was very surprised to see that Mr. Pekarek, superintendent of schools, said having a second 15-minute recess could have a negative effect on student learning. According to several studies on the topic, recess not only improves learning, it provides many other benefits as well. 

A study done by Dr. Olga Jarrett, professor of child development at Georgia State University, showed that a 15-minute recess resulted in children being 5 percent more on-task and 9 percent less fidgety. Dr. Jarrett’s research showed that a 15-minute recess actually saved 20 minutes during the day because it cut back on distracting behaviors in the classroom. 

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