The Benefits Of Recess

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Ah recess, the highlight of the elementary school days, no work to do, just running around outside, but did it really benefit us? Many people across the world are against recess because they believe it takes time away from learning. In addition, some parents value the education more than letting their kids have a break during school, which leads them to believe that recess is no good. What they don’t know is that recess actually benefits their kids. Kids should have recess because it helps them build social skills, reset their brains for future information to be learned in the day, and improve their mental function through regular fitness.
Recess benefits kids in many ways, such as helping kids build social skills. According to The New York
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The article “Recess helps kids learn better in school” from The American Heart Association states, “After recess… students are more attentive and better able to perform cognitively.” This helps so kids can gain more information later in the day without having to feel like they are ramming a bunch of information into their heads at once. Recess allows a little break to let the information settle and for kids to relax a little. To add to this, recess makes kids “...more alert and able to maintain focus on the topic at hand.”, according to Kits: “5 Reasons Why Recess Helps Learning”. This increases kids’ attention span so they can learn more information later in the day. With this, kids are able to digest that information correctly instead of not comprehending the information at all. Thus, recess makes room for more information to be…show more content…
According to NCBI: “Physical Activity, Fitness, and Physical Education: Effects on Academic Performance” it states, “A single bout of moderate-intensity physical activity has been found to increase… attention to a specific cognitive task.” The given evidence supports the fact that physical activity- such as recess -has a direct effect on how attentive kids are in class. In addition, the higher the attentiveness level a kid has in class, the more information they will gain and comprehend. To add to this, The Atlantic: “Why Kids Need Recess” states, “... an analysis of studies... found positive associations between physical activity and the ability to concentrate in class.” This shows that even if a kid has a small amount of physical activity between classes, they will be able to concentrate better on what they are learning in class and will be able to comprehend it better. If kids comprehend the subject moree, more than likely, their grades will go up. Overall, their mental function improves with regular fitness from
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