First, a spot on NBC’s TODAY show claims that Common Core is a threat to recess, and the next thing you know other news outlets pick up the story.
Here’s the thing: Neither the Common Core State Standards nor the aligned assessments advocate for canceling recess. Play and physical activity are essential parts of a child’s day. But managing the school day can be tough, and frankly it’s presented challenges for school leaders for years, well before Common Core.
Unfortunately, that doesn’t stop news outlets like TV station WREG in Memphis from latching on to the story and perpetuating this misconception, along with several others:
Teachers are spending more time preparing students for
Common Core exams.
“Studying is alright, but you still need activity to relax,” Adrian Williams, who has a child in pre-k, said.
Common Core has
not been rolled outin Tennessee yet, but the curriculumwill soon hit classrooms.
Williams hopes her daughter’s recess time does not get cut.
“It don’t make any sense to cut that out for nothing,” Williams said.