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"Play is behavior that looks as if it has no purpose," says NIH psychologist Dr. Stephen Suomi. "It looks like fun, but it actually prepares for a complex social world."

Numerous studies have evidence suggesting play has considerable benefits for kids including boosting brain function, increasing fitness, improving coordination and teaching cooperation.

As pressure mounts for schools to pass ever-changing tests that only measure the academic aptitude of their students, anything that does not directly correlate with the test's metrics are being abandoned.

Often, creative peripherals like music and art classes are the first to get cut. Formal physical education classes follow. Even recess, that hallmark of childhood for so many of us, is on the chopping block in the short-sighted, panic-driven need to "teach the test."

Cutting these creative outlets aren't doing kids any favors in the long term. The US Play Coalition reports in "A Research-Based Case for Recess" that "minimizing or eliminating recess can negatively affect academic achievement, as growing evidence links recess to improved physical health, social skills, and cognitive development." The American Academy of Pediatrics states that it "believes recess is a crucial and necessary component of a child's development and, as such, it should not be withheld for punitive or academic reasons."

It's time the Department of Education took a stand for our kids. Tell Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to make creative play a priority in the curriculum of all American public schools. Our kids deserve it!

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Dear Secretary of Education Arne Duncan,

I am alarmed at the growing push to cut creative play from the curriculum of American public schools.

In the rush to ensure compliance with new and ever-changing testing standards for our students, short-sighted administrators are cutting where they can in an effort to squeeze in more time to "teach the test."

Unfortunately, the first things to go are often creative peripherals like music and art classes. Formal physical education classes follow. Even recess, that hallmark of childhood for so many of us is on the chopping block.

This does a deep disservice to today's students. Countless studies from reputable organizations like the NIH, US Play Coalition, The American Academy of Pediatrics, and Psychology Today all support the idea that children learn best when they have the opportunity to engage their creativity and learn through play.

The US Play Coalition found in a study entitled "A Research-Based Case for Recess" that "minimizing or eliminating recess can negatively affect academic achievement, as growing evidence links recess to improved physical health, social skills, and cognitive development." The American Academy of Pediatrics stated that it "believes recess is a crucial and necessary component of a child's development and, as such, it should not be withheld for punitive or academic reasons."

Albert Einstein once said, "Play is the highest form of research." We agree wholeheartedly with his assessment.

Please, be an advocate for today's students and make sure that creative play is a priority in the curriculum requirements for all American public schools.

Sincerely,

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Nov 15, 2017 brittney lovette
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Oct 27, 2017 Deborah Moore
Oct 26, 2017 Donald & Lisa Sorenson
Oct 25, 2017 Kimberly Wallace
Oct 23, 2017 Erin Carney Brewer
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Sep 23, 2017 Janice Swanson Kids need to experience EVERYTHING...sensory stimulation is especially important for ALL kids no matter of abilities
Aug 22, 2017 Debra Allen This is awesome not only for people with autism but for seniors with earing impairment. Thank you.
Aug 18, 2017 Danielle Teplicky
Aug 14, 2017 Renella Kendall
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Jul 25, 2017 Breige Sheridan
Jul 23, 2017 Brian Reynolds
Jul 19, 2017 Helena Miller Recess is so important for the social interaction for children who have autism. Music has been shown by scientists to increase reading skills for 1st graders, and spatial-temporal skills by preschool. Creativity is essential for everyone.
Jul 17, 2017 Denise Knoll
Jul 11, 2017 Rebecca Carr Play and recess are vital to the development of our children and should not be curtailed or used as a punishment. Please do not cut play and recess!
Jun 27, 2017 Stefano Fuschetto
Jun 24, 2017 Miriam Feehily
Jun 23, 2017 Kenly Sanchez
Jun 9, 2017 Beth Smith
Jun 7, 2017 Vicky VanDiermen
Jun 6, 2017 Wendy Bostian
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May 8, 2017 Donna Penaloza
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Apr 21, 2017 Brenda Vance
Apr 20, 2017 Meagan Espinal
Apr 18, 2017 Elizabeth Frost
Apr 17, 2017 Adelina Jaudal
Apr 13, 2017 Gilbert Christman
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Mar 14, 2017 Michele Dechert
Mar 12, 2017 Minica Yuvienco
Mar 11, 2017 Debbie Luchka
Mar 5, 2017 Kristi Weber
Feb 27, 2017 Lajeanne Leveton In most places, recess, PE, "free play" HAVE ALREADY been pushed out, with the increased emphasis on standardized testing and teaching to the test! It is WRONG, and helps NO CHILD!
Feb 27, 2017 Lauren Kinnaman We are doing everything we can to make sure our loved ones with Autism can learn the skills and behaviors neccessary to integrate themselves into society. However, that does not mean that they should be deprived of simple pleasures our society enjoys.
Feb 26, 2017 Fernanda Coelho
Feb 20, 2017 Rachel Parnell
Feb 17, 2017 LYNDREY JOHNSON
Jan 30, 2017 Merina Halingten
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