I loved recess when I was in grade school ... nothing exceptional there because I don't remember a fellow kid who didn't.
I still like to exercise ... and I don't play video games (the 'great Satan' of mental and physical flabbiness).
However, the chief nanny of this session of the Colorado legislature wants to tell every elementary school student, every elementary school, and every school board in the state how much exercise they need to have every day.
Just as for myself, I am a strong believer in exercise and I recognize the childhood obesity problems afflicting our young people. But, I also think that teachers, principals and local school boards are fully aware of this situation, too. They can deal with it in a way that best fits their particular local situation.
They don't need 'momma Romer' twisting their ear lobe and laying down the law telling them exactly how many minutes everyday they must order the students to play or do jumping jacks.
Instead of yet another micro-management of local school districts' curriculums, I have another suggestion for Romer: introduce a repeal of the now excessive CSAP testing.
Romer is quoted in the linked to report below as saying: ""There are a lot of different ways for them to fit in the 150 minutes," Romer said, referring to five days a week of half-hour physical activity. "We would love to rescue recess from the pressures of CSAPs and other standardized testing."
There is a very good, healthy way to "rescue recess from the pressures of CSAPs and other standardize testing" -- let teachers teach, Chris! Get over your testing mania! Stop telling teachers how and when do to everything they do in the classroom!
With yet another newspaper report like this one, I'm more convinced everyday that the Colorado legislature is meeting way too long. They really do need to cut the session in half so that meddlers like Romer can find something else to do (work-out more?).
One state lawmaker wants Colorado elementary students to drop and give him 30. Thirty minutes a day of physical activity, that is.
Sen. Chris Romer, D-Denver, is pushing legislation aimed at battling childhood obesity by adding gym, recess and physical activity back into the school day.
The bill touched off a fight Thursday between cash-strapped schools that want local control and parent and health groups that worry about students' growing waistlines. ... MORE