Want to Raise Successful Boys? Science Says Do This (but Their Schools Probably Won't)
Students--and especially boys--need hours of physical activity every day. They don't get enough because their schools won't let them.Posted by Jill Fallon at March 18, 2017 5:46 PM | Permalink
We inhibit children's academic growth (especially among boys), because the lack of physical activity makes it harder for them to concentrate...."In order for children to learn, they need to be able to pay attention. In order for them to pay attention, we need to let them move."
Most boys are rambunctious. Often they seem like they're in a constant state of motion: running, jumping, fighting, playing, getting hurt--maybe getting upset--and getting right back into the physical action.Except at school, where they're required to sit still for long periods of time. (And when they fail to stay still, how are they punished? Often by being forced to skip recess--and thus they sit still longer.)
Restricting kids' movement like this leads them to increased anger and frustration, less ability to regulate emotions, and higher aggressiveness during the limited times they are allowed to play, Hanscom writes. "Elementary children need at least three hours of active free play a day to maintain good health and wellness. Currently, they are only getting a fraction."