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Play time under pressure

| November 8, 2011 | 0 Comments

Across the globe, parents and schools alike are eroding what little play time children enjoy at school. A new report from details stories that border on the ridiculous.

A New York mom sued her daughter’s preschool this year, claiming that excessive play time was harming her child’s chances of getting into an Ivy League college. In Namatakula Village in Nadroga, Fiji, it is now against the law for primary school children to play after 18:00, because studying is deemed more important for these very young learners. Barlby Community Primary School in North Yorkshire, UK, in operation for more than 100 years, was forced by the local environmental health department to cancel afternoon break time because of ‘excessive noise complaints’. And last winter, students in Edinburgh, Scotland, were not allowed to play outside in the snow, because wet boots make a dangerous mess in the classroom.

Category: Summer 2011

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