School recess holds a special place in the heart of the American public school student.
However, beyond the love of recess, there are also many
life lessons that are learned on the playground
Parents are beginning to understand how important recess is to a child's development. In a policy statement last year, The American Academy of Pediatrics said, "Recess represents an essential, planned respite from rigorous cognitive tasks. It affords a time to rest, play, imagine, think, move and socialize." And, perhaps more importantly, "Students are more attentive and better able to perform cognitively" after recess.