According to Public School Review, the pros of recess include giving children time to socialize with their friends outside of the classroom, to get exercise and to have a break from their school work. The cons include taking time away from teachers who need more classroom time and being a liability for schools in general.Continue Reading
Allowing kids to get exercise is one of the major issues that parents and advocacy groups, such as the Florida Department of Health, have against schools cutting recess. Not only does not getting a break wear kids out emotionally and mentally, it also makes it difficult for children to maintain a healthy weight. Allowing kids to go out and exercise every day also helps reduce the risk of diseases, such as heart disease, later in life.
As reported on the Public School Review website, the Florida Department of Health states that kids are more likely to play harder and longer if they are able to play with their friends. Some kids do not get the opportunity to play with their friends outside of the school environment. So while some schools argue that kids need to go home and play, it is impossible for some kids to play in a safe environment similar to what schools provide.Learn more about K-12 Curriculum
Benefits of open lunch sessions at schools include giving students more diverse and nutritionally sound food options and exercising responsibility, while cons include inviting deviant behavior and putting responsibility on school staff for ensuring students' safety. During open lunch sessions, some schools offer students the choice of leaving school grounds, provided they return later in the day, while others let students have free time, provided they stay on school grounds. Students have the option of dining elsewhere during the normal lunch hour; some administrators say granting students that freedom promotes healthy eating and socializing, while others raise concerns over traffic fatalities and accidents.Full Answer >
Some of the pros of attending a charter school include access to better learning options than the ones public schools offer, and promotion of healthy competition in school, which translates to better individual levels of achievement. The downsides of charter schools include the potential for overworking teachers, which impairs their productivity and students' potential to excel, and the uncertainties that arise from the quality of the schools’ management.Full Answer >
Banning cell phones in schools helps eliminate a common social distraction for students. It also minimizes the potential for students to send out gossip or rumors that alarm people outside the school. A major drawback of a cell phone ban is that it eliminates an important emergency device between parents and kids. Phones also provide students security in a school emergency, notes Family Education from Pearson.Full Answer >
Classical conditioning can certainly occur in the classroom, and at school in general, which makes it important for teachers to encourage and reinforce positive experiences while children are learning. It can be possible for negative and positive experiences to condition behavior for many years after school, even extending into adult life in some cases.Full Answer >