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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 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,

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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Feb 23, 2017 Kaley Frank
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Feb 22, 2017 Lori Visioli
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Feb 20, 2017 Dee Ann Neely
Feb 20, 2017 Cindy Ray
Feb 20, 2017 Patricia Couture
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Feb 17, 2017 kelly wurzer
Feb 17, 2017 Žiga Škalič
Feb 15, 2017 Jennifer Hart
Feb 15, 2017 Jennifer Smith
Feb 14, 2017 Dharma Best
Feb 14, 2017 Katherine Clarke
Feb 14, 2017 Leonardo Rodriguez
Feb 14, 2017 Cecilia Domina
Feb 14, 2017 Maureen Ramirez
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Feb 12, 2017 Alice Jacobson
Feb 12, 2017 Tracy Bergstrand
Feb 11, 2017 Charlene Marshall
Feb 11, 2017 Patty Eible
Feb 11, 2017 Leslie Scott
Feb 11, 2017 Travis Thomas
Feb 11, 2017 Melissa Sigman
Feb 10, 2017 Eunice Judge
Feb 10, 2017 Sam Wakely
Feb 10, 2017 (Name not displayed) Creative play including music and art as well as PE is in danger of being cut due to budget cuts in the public schools. Without these subjects, children are in danger of losing the incentive to learn about themselves, endangering their health.
Feb 10, 2017 RENATA FLIS
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Feb 10, 2017 jennifer marciano
Feb 10, 2017 pilar sosa moriña
Feb 9, 2017 Madalena Serrano
Feb 9, 2017 Debra Mestas Please make time for play a priority in the curriculum.
Feb 9, 2017 Tamara Rudic
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Feb 9, 2017 Rachel Docherty
Feb 8, 2017 John Heckler
Feb 8, 2017 heather weitz
Feb 8, 2017 Bonnie Farmer
Feb 8, 2017 Kim Turnbull Creative play teaches children the 'soft' skills that they need to be successful in the workplace, as well as opening up opportunities to develop a sense of confidence and creativity.
Feb 8, 2017 David Paige
Feb 8, 2017 Magdalena Gonzalez
Feb 8, 2017 John Henry
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Feb 8, 2017 Paula Standley
Feb 8, 2017 J. Hickinbotham

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