Strong majority support protecting recess time - 361 citizens

Dec 23, 2015

Currently, state education rules encourage but do not require schools to include recess in their schedules. However, various pressures that could entice schools to cut or eliminate recess time have lead concerned parties in states such as Hawaii and Missouri to legally guarantee recess time for children in younger grades. Read more about this issue. On December 23, the LFDA decided to put the issue to citizens, posting the question, “Should NH require schools to give a minimum 20 minutes of recess time to children in grades K-5?” to Facebook members. 

“Should NH require schools to give a minimum 20 minutes of recess time to children in grades K-5?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Recess Requirement Citizen Voices Chart 
Participation: 619 participants gave 361 responses

A total of 88% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 12% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, the LFDA received 361 responses from 619 citizens. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Citizens Said:

Yes: A strong majority, at 90% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of creating government protections for recess time in New Hampshire schools.

  • "Most definitely, and if they are not, then the state has every reason to make it mandatory.”
  • “Even grownups get a 30 minute lunch and a 15 minute break during the work day. How much more then should we give our children with shorter attention spans and far more energy?” 
  • “Yes at least. I think it should be more!” (Note: several of those responding ‘yes’ to the question expressed that twenty minutes seemed like too little time, and cited alternatives varying from 30 minutes to an hour.)

No: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 10%, opposed legal protections for recess time.

  • “I think the state should keep its bureaucratic nose out of the schools, and let the local governments and school boards, staffed with local residents run their schools, without interference.”
  • “I'd say no, not because kids shouldn't have recess, but because the state should not be micromanaging schools.”
  • “Move all control back to the local districts, they know how to teach our kids best.”

Other: As noted above, 12% of citizens participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Discussing what activities recess should include: “Recess should be running games, jump ropes, balls, etc instead of nothing allowed for fear of lawsuits.”
  • Debating best treatments for children with ADHD: “Most children with ADHD have extremely high intelligence and are bored with waiting for the rest of the world to catch up.”
  • Expressing surprise that legal protections might be necessary: “I don't have kids, but when did schools take recess away?”

*Editor selection of actual citizen quotes. 

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