A Speech on “Should Schools Have Longer Recess Time?”

Good morning everyone and welcome today’s event where we have gathered to share our thoughts on the changes that have to be brought in our education system. When we speak about reforming the education system or the curriculum we often hear a lot about how the subjects should be modified or how the children in school are continuously evaluated to get the overall performance of the child, and we often tend to overlook the time given for the children for relaxing. All of us have heard the saying “all work and no play makes jack a dull boy” and it is not only the case of “jack”, it is applicable to every student out there. When we fail to understand that a child or a student needs time to relax and move around apart from all the time they are confined to one place. A student spends most of their time sitting in one place listening to the teachers and taking down notes, they become so invested in studying that they have very less movement during this time and it should be deemed necessary for the student to have some physical movement in between these long hours. The recess time given to the students is sometimes so less that they prefer to stay in rather than hurriedly moving around. This might seem like a small problem but when this pattern of behaviour continues this might lead to bigger problems. The recess time is when the students interact with each other and make friends, and this is important for the students to create a balance between their academic life and leisure, as having peer groups and other forms of leisure communication will help them maintain the interests in the academic path. The lack of proper recess time can directly affect the student’s ability to pay attention and will also bring down their socialising skills. The social emotional development that a child is supposed to have during their academic period is heavily influenced by the recess time. A child can only learn so much from materials and some of the skills have to be developed by interacting in real life scenarios and displaying empathy and effective socialisation are some of the skills that a child learns on their own by interacting within the peer groups which is not controlled by an adult, that is where there is no adult supervision and a place where the child can take a decision on their own by their own better judgement. If the recess time is long enough for the children to interact with each other it proves to be this environment where the children can freely communicate. Most of the time when the children are left alone for a long period of time, they tend to get into these games that include a lot of imagination and play schemes and for the children to reach this stage the recess should have enough time for this to be executed and for the children to comfortably

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