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[Susan notes: Alfie makes the real point: When children have recess is moot when recess has been eliminated.]

Published in New York Times

To the editor

Re Play, Then Eat: Shift May Bring Gains at School(Well, Jan. 26): Scheduling recess before lunch is probably sensible, but the more pressing challenge right now is to make sure that children have enough time for recess, period. Play and exercise are among the casualties of a test-preparation regimen that has reached down to the youngest grades, interfering with children's physical health as well as their excitement about learning -- all so adults can boast about higher scores on standardized tests of dubious value.

Alfie Kohn

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