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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


Sep 10, 2017 Luis Chelotti
Sep 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 10, 2017 E Pearson
Aug 28, 2017 Richard Han
Aug 28, 2017 Rilla Heslin
Aug 27, 2017 p perry
Aug 27, 2017 Sandra Zastrow Children need creative play along with studies in order to thrive!
Aug 27, 2017 Sandra Zeigler
Aug 27, 2017 Lori Hernandez
Aug 23, 2017 Dìane van Weelie
Aug 23, 2017 Inês Correia
Aug 22, 2017 Jimmie Lynne Berry
Aug 21, 2017 Carol Bostick
Aug 19, 2017 Fern Swecker
Aug 19, 2017 Erik Bjarnar
Aug 9, 2017 Thomas Windberg
Aug 9, 2017 John Horn
Aug 9, 2017 Rebecca Johansson
Aug 8, 2017 GENE NATALE Madam Secretary, hold ongoing meetings with the AAofP if you really believe in the wellbeing of children's development.
Aug 7, 2017 Ivan Zhyvolup
Aug 5, 2017 Noreen M. ohnmacht
Aug 5, 2017 Betsy Farmer
Aug 5, 2017 Elaine Heathcoat
Aug 5, 2017 Susan Armistead, M.D.
Jul 24, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 23, 2017 Sophie Miranda
Jul 23, 2017 Susan Lindsey
Jul 23, 2017 Lori Kegler
Jul 23, 2017 Leigha Henson
Jul 23, 2017 Karil Daniels
Jul 23, 2017 refhan irtem
Jul 22, 2017 Alanna Reuben
Jul 22, 2017 Patricia Kreger
Jul 19, 2017 Srinivas Pochana
Jul 1, 2017 Kyle Bracken
Jun 27, 2017 Nancy Hawley
Jun 26, 2017 Kimberley Duve
Jun 25, 2017 Thao Vu
Jun 20, 2017 Stacy Wykle
Jun 14, 2017 John Dalla
Jun 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 12, 2017 Denise Garner
Jun 10, 2017 Robert Ackerman Children need a creative outlet, as well as an academic one, to ensure a positive balence in their lives.
Jun 9, 2017 Beth Smith
Jun 7, 2017 James Deschene
Jun 2, 2017 Miriam Feehily
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May 20, 2017 Shirley Troia

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