But for many kids today, the recess bell comes too late, for too little time, or even not at all. Pressure to raise test scores and adhere to state-mandated academic requirements is squeezing recess out of the school day. In many schools, it's just 10 or 15 minutes, if at all. In some cases, recess has become structured with organized games -- yes, recess is being taught.
Sigh. With good methodology, wouldn't it be possibe to have both recess and high academic standards? Just maybe? No, let's just blame the tests for exposing failure and making life so hard.