The Washington Times - January 26, 2009, 10:08AM

A new study shows that young schoolchildren need recess to socialize, exercise and decompress from academic demands, Reuters is reporting.

Many schools have cut back on recess in order to meet requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act.

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But “recess may play an important role in the learning, social development and health of children in elementary school,” the study says.

Recess is very important.  Just ask any member of Congress.

So with the aim of improving education, our schools have cut back on art instruction, music lessons, physical education and recess.  I didn’t know that “less is more” is an educational strategy.

Educators should remember that play is work that’s fun.