Pledge  to save play in our schools!

Pledge to save play in our schools!

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Recess periods are shrinking. Homework is increasing. Tag, soccer, and even running are getting banned on the schoolyard. Cities are building new schools without playgrounds.

Despite countless studies proving that play is integral to children's learning and health, most kids aren't getting enough space and time to play during the school day.

Are you a parent or teacher who is concerned that your school is all work and no play? Defend our children's right to play by signing our Back-to-School Pledge!

I just signed the following petition addressed to: School and parents.

Save play in our nation's schools

Despite countless studies proving that play is integral to children's learning and health, most kids aren't getting enough space and time to play during the school day.


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    1. Reached 200 signatures
    2. Play is Under Attack in Our Schools: 7 Absurd Stories That Say It All

      by KaBOOM!

      This guest post comes from Darell Hammond, CEO of KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit dedicated to saving play for America's children.
      This week, our Congress will be returning from their August recess--a yearly tradition that recognizes the human need to...


    Reasons for signing

    • Bob Worley PENSACOLA, FL
      • almost 3 years ago

      We are already becoming a society of overweight people because we just don't move enough. Poor diet habits and lack of exercise are spiraling into obesity and Type II Diabeties. The last thing we need is to ban exercise (play time) for our children. Instil the importance of exercise and the joys of play at an early age.

    • Paula Flowe SAN JOSE, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      A parent from Florida contacted to say that her child was punished for breaking the "six-inch rule." No patty-cake, skipping and holding hands, no touching at all or coming within six-inches of each other.

      This intrusiveness in "playtime for children" is emotional abuse and Americans must be informed of the unhealthy things that are sanctioned in US schools in the name of the "safety" and "well-being" needs-- of children.

      Yet, beatings targeted at schoolchildren by their American educators in 19 US states and throughout its territories are acceptable, the likes of which the world witnessed on Wall St, NY Sept. 17, 2011:

      See photos and cell phone caught footage of USA sanctioned beatings:

      Please support the bill for ending USA school beatings too:

      Thank you,

      Paula Flowe

    • Samantha Trosky BERWYN, IL
      • almost 3 years ago

      If my child does not have a chance to get his energy out he cannot focus and learn!!!

    • Marcus Spears TEXARKANA, TX
      • almost 3 years ago

      I had recess when I was growing up. I would hate to think that today's kids, especially with the growing stress and class loads placed on them, would be deprived of a chance to play and socialize with other children in the name of "safety".

      • almost 3 years ago

      Children need play, the same way other young creatures need play. Without play their social, emotional and intellectual development can and will be severely impacted. It's clinically proven that our brains can only focus and learn with specific intent for roughly 20 minutes at a time. Decrease the break lengths, increase the frequency. Could the lack of emphasis on play in childhood correlate with the increase in depression and other mood disorders in adolescence? Does the increase in action on worries about safety (in the most mundane and long-lived of childhood things like trees and swings) correlate with the increase in anxiety disorders in teens? Is there proof that it doesn't? And really, beyond that, where's the fun?


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