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In response to Tom Purcell’s commentary: Everyone needs recess

Posted: July 30, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 30, 2013 2:00 a.m.





I remember in France I received some phone calls or notes from teachers letting me know what happened at recess if one of my kids was hurt.


I bought medical insurance designed for the school year, and the insurance took care of the medical bills. No need for lawyers to be involved.


We take care of one of our granddaughter during the summer vacation. We encourage her to play. She has toys and she makes her own stories with them. I teach her crafts.


We bought her a workbook that we have called playbook. It allows her to be taught for the grade she is going to enter in August.


We made it harder for her because most of the exercises in the book are novelty for her. Nevertheless, we teach her in such a way that she learns with joy.


We play outside, especially with pine cones, soil, water. It’s OK if she gets dirty. We visit our neighbors.


She practices gymnastic once a week and we are not shouting at her. In fact, when she is there, she forgets that we watch her.


From manners to self-esteem, my teachers used to teach these at school. It was implied that they were our second parents. We learned academically and I am not sure that our grandchildren have a harder way of being taught today.


Our kids were honor students. They practiced gymnastics, tennis, piano and diving. We made it fun for them and they wanted to succeed. TV was allowed for only 20 minutes a day. Then they played outside or with educational games.


As a whole, society has forgotten what it is to be a child. Children are left in front of the TV, or playing with an iPad, video games or phone; no interaction with other kids.


Reality is that we now expect from our teachers to be Dad and Mom for our grandkids. When I was young, parents and teachers used to work hand in hand. They were a team. We, kids, were disciplined at school and at home. Our kids were, too.


What happened since?







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