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[Susan notes: "We're trying to teach minute to minute as much academics as possible," said Forest Ridge Elementary School Principal. So they've reduced an already 15-minute recess by 1/3. Krashen's snarky response is the only one to make to such ignorance of the importance of play. ]

Submitted to Statesmen Journal (Oregon) but not published

To the editor

It was inspiring to read Recess cut short for some Salem-Keizer kindergartners (Dec. 15).

Let's get rid of recess and focus completely on academics. The unfortunate tendency of children to want to play and enjoy themselves must stop, despite the claims of mushy-minded "experts" who claim that play improves "social and emotional development," whatever that is.

Children should not be allowed to behave like children.

Stephen Krashen

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