18 Jul '11, 5pm

"Too little time to play in school" -- great letter to the editor from a dad in Singapore:

Play as a form of exercise, relaxation, character building and camaraderie trumps almost any other educational or social activity. Children are bursting with energy. They should be given the time, the space and opportunity to stretch their limbs, strengthen their bodies, toughen their minds, acquire good social skills and build sound character traits. In some schools, children are directed to the school hall the moment they set foot in the school compound. Sitting cross-legged and packed like sardines in the school hall, the pupils spend time before class doing silent reading. Recess time should be at least 30 minutes long, to allow children to do what they inherently love to do: Play. However, the present recess period of 20 minutes is often curtailed for various reasons. Often children have to gobble their food and gulp down their drinks in great haste, before they are c...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Voices/EDC110627-0000120/Too-l...

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