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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,

Petition Signatures


Jan 17, 2018 Carrie Carlson
Jan 14, 2018 Toby Cardoso
Jan 14, 2018 Donna Selquist
Jan 14, 2018 Miguel Merlo
Jan 14, 2018 Sandie Brown
Jan 14, 2018 Jo Anne Godwin Please make creative play in elementary schools a priority for the sake of normal development for our children. Thanks.
Jan 14, 2018 James Wrench
Jan 10, 2018 J Woodhouse
Jan 6, 2018 June Helker
Dec 23, 2017 Judi Putnam
Dec 17, 2017 Adelina Jaudal
Dec 13, 2017 Richard Bosboom
Dec 10, 2017 barbara gale
Dec 9, 2017 John Atkins
Dec 9, 2017 Frédérique Pommarat
Dec 9, 2017 (Name not displayed) As an educator, I see increasing stress in my students corresponding to the lack of play. Research has proven that not only are children healthier when they have play time, but they learn better too.
Dec 7, 2017 Alvena Pauls
Nov 27, 2017 Denis Cole
Nov 23, 2017 John Confar
Nov 20, 2017 Juanita Montano
Nov 20, 2017 Stacey Govito
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Nov 10, 2017 Karrie Vukelic
Nov 6, 2017 Heinz-Helmut Umbreit
Nov 5, 2017 Gerry Stearns
Nov 4, 2017 Jodi Ford
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Oct 29, 2017 Kathleen Doyle
Oct 28, 2017 Deborah Moore
Oct 25, 2017 MICHAEL Sonlight
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Oct 19, 2017 Cathy Mitchamore
Oct 18, 2017 Candice Laurence
Oct 18, 2017 Antje Focke In addition to national studies, please also take a look at countries around the world. Many high achieving countries in Scandinavia and Europe in general have much much unstructured play time.
Oct 9, 2017 Melissa Bird
Oct 9, 2017 Liz Pope
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Oct 8, 2017 Anna Krohn
Sep 30, 2017 Geraldine Trakys
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Sep 26, 2017 Vasilis Nisiotis
Sep 26, 2017 Sondra Cummings
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Sep 26, 2017 Alison Page
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Sep 26, 2017 Shauna Killen
Sep 26, 2017 Brad Bronk
Sep 26, 2017 Robert Furem
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