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Recess redress: The importance of play in education

Ask any child what his or her favorite subject is in school, and most will say recess. Yet a recent Gallup poll conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that up to 40 percent of U.S. school districts have reduced or eliminated recess to focus more on academics....

source: By Suzanne Mason
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Mere mention of today's tool of the trade sends shivers up the spines of entire generations ... the tool long used to measure physical fitness: The Presidential Physical Fitness Test. For many, the now-retired test evokes dread. V-sits. Pull-ups. The mile run.

source: NPR via WBAA-FM

Strobe lights, dancing children and glow sticks characterized the final day of Northside Elementary School's Kick for Kindness anti-bullying week. For one week, after-school dance instructor Tamika Murrill and her tiny team of dancers launched a campaign to raise awareness...

source: The Daily Tar Heel

It was almost exactly a decade ago that the page one headline in the Waikato Times read: "Music helps young Olivia beat epilepsy blues". And 10 years on it is obvious that she has beaten them.

source: Waikato Times

Against a backdrop of upbeat music and the clap, clap, clapping sound of plastic against plastic, Sandy Grove Elementary School students recently performed their way to a share of a Guinness World Record. Jill Ammons-Rogitzand 59 of her...

source: Fayetteville Observer

If the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture standards for school meals and food sold in other venues such as vending machines and snack bars are fully implemented, there is potential to substantially improve school nutrition because only a small fraction of students attended...

source: The JAMA Network Journals via Medical Xpress

Step inside a Johnson County, Kentucky, classroom and you will find a new program allowing students to learn while being active. Educators are providing facts and questions in fun ways that tie in with current curriculum, and prompting...

source: WKYT-TV

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