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  •  Schools have eliminated social time in general (5+ / 0-)

    My daughter started kindergarten this year after attending a good preschool and I have been very disappointed.  My daughter is very intelligent (she could probably read every word of this comment, for example.)  However, being a talkative person is viewed badly in the public schools.  She excels at everything but her behavior, so we looked into it and discovered that the kids are basically on lock down all day.  There are no group projects, they are banned from talking at lunch or on bathroom breaks.  Recess is often cancelled for the entire kindergarten.   The class sizes are over the legal limit due to some government waivers.  The classes are also inclusive of special needs kids who do things like attack teachers physically, steal the lunches of other kids, and sometimes go on tantrums that result in the classroom being cleared of kids for their own safety so one kid can rampage.

    The list goes on, but I am very concerned about the quality of education my daughter,  and all children, are receiving.

    •  I forgot one other problem (1+ / 0-)
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      When they go in the halls, the kids are expected to puff their cheeks and keep their hands behind their backs when walking so they don't talk or touch anything.

      •  This sounds insane and clearly abusive (1+ / 0-)
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      •  Keeping quiet in the halls is respectful of (0+ / 0-)

        other classes who are working. You will be glad that they are taught not to touch the walls when your daughter doesn't catch the latest illness going around. Also, they kids tend to rip and damage student artwork that is hung in the halls,( it's always the one that Mom wanted to frame and put up at home.)

        Oh for crying out loud!

        by 4mygirls on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 10:03:51 AM PST

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        •  I can keep my kids quiet and not grabbing stuff (0+ / 0-)

          Five year olds should be capable of being quiet and keeping their hands to themselves without resorting to unnatural stress positions. I realize that is not always the case, which is a problem.

          •  Sure you can. So can I. When we are with them. (0+ / 0-)

            The issue is one teacher and a line of 20-25 excited 5 year olds (yay time for gym, yippee it's art class!) and the monkey see monkey do mentality of those five year olds. Even the 5th graders talk and goof around in the hallway and touch the walls. (Idk what it is with the wall, it's like a magnet.) But stress positions? A bit harsh I think. I hope you are exaggerating. The only way to know for sure is to volunteer to spend a day(not just a few minutes or an hour, a day) in your daughters classroom and see for yourself, I highly recommend it.

            Oh for crying out loud!

            by 4mygirls on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 01:09:49 PM PST

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            •  Here's the way the kids have to walk (1+ / 0-)
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              Step 1)  Puff out your cheeks.  Keep them that way for the duration.
              Step 2)  Put your hands behind your back similar to parade rest, except you can let them dangle but your hands have to be holding each other.
              Step 3)  Try walking around like that.

              It's not only unnatural, but it can result in falls since humans tend to swing our arms when we walk to help us keep balance.  Adults can do it better, but it seems to be very uncomfortable for kids.

    •  That is terrible. (0+ / 0-)

      It sounds like overcompensation for the extra larges classes. I would like to put in a good word for the inclusive classroom though. Despite the obvious disruptions, overall it is a great program if done correctly. Each special needs child is different, so what is correct will change. Eventually, the other children get used to even the most vocal outbursts, "that's just Terry."
      It also fosters acceptance of differences in each of us, which can only be a good thing for our society. You are referring to a Kindergarden class, so this is new for all the children, the special needs ones as well. As the class goes through the years together it will be less and less of an issue.

      Oh for crying out loud!

      by 4mygirls on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 09:59:36 AM PST

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    •  [..] banned from talking at lunch [..] - OMG .. (1+ / 0-)
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      Wow. That is difficult to absorb. The social interaction that kids have at this age begins to nurture the process of learning how groups of us (that are not familial) communicate, work together, negotiate, create, etc.

      That is absolutely astounding. School increasingly sounds like lockdown. Makes me shudder for the welfare of many of the kids. I guess it's all up to the families now - the ones whose incomes are decreasing, free time is shrinking and publicly provided resources for recreation, entertainment and social gathering are being eliminated. Yikes.

      ..now, where did I leave my torches and villagers?

      by FrankSpoke on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 10:56:12 AM PST

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