Children Need To Move A LOT And Are Being Punished In School Because Of It

Kids can’t sit still and we are punishing them because of it.

The article is here:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2014/07/08/why-so-many-kids-cant-sit-still-in-school-today

“The problem: children are constantly in an upright position these days. It is rare to find children rolling down hills, climbing trees, and spinning in circles just for fun. Merry-go-rounds and teeter-totters are a thing of the past. Recess times have shortened due to increasing educational demands, and children rarely play outdoors due to parental fears, liability issues, and the hectic schedules of modern-day society. Lets face it: Children are not nearly moving enough, and it is really starting to become a problem.”

So what happens when you don’t go outside and play?

“…when compared to children from the early 1980s, only one out of twelve children had normal strength and balance.”

There is continued discussion here:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/03/17/the-consequences-of-forcing-young-kids-to-sit-too-long-in-class/

Children are suffering from this. They are being falsely diagnosed with ADHD. They are losing their sense of self-worth. This alludes back to the war on boys also:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2000/05/the-war-against-boys/304659/

“Boys, not girls, are on the weak side of the education gap.”

This has been a struggle for me as a parent of three boys. I see how much activity they need and have felt the pushback from even asking for 5 minutes of running around time. We have quit activities and have considered quitting more activities simply to give the boys more unstructured play time – which in turn will make them better prepared to learn and more successful over all.

One thought on “Children Need To Move A LOT And Are Being Punished In School Because Of It

  • March 17, 2017 at 1:49 pm
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    I totally agree with you! Kids today sit and watch too much tv and play video games instead of getting outside and playing. They build up their creative side and learn how to interact with other kids. They have so much energy they need to burn it off and be happy!

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