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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Recess Without Rules

From The Atlantic

By Jessica Lahey
January 28, 2014

A school in New Zealand lets its students do whatever they want during playtime. Are American parents ready to endorse a similar policy here?

There are no rules on the playground at Swanson Primary School in Auckland, New Zealand. Students are allowed to climb trees, ride skateboards, and play contact games. This relaxed approach to playtime started as a research experiment conducted by two local universities, but it went so well that the school opted to make the changes permanent.

According to a recent article, the school “is actually seeing a drop in bullying, serious injuries and vandalism, while concentration levels in class are increasing.”

Read the rest of this article HERE.

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