WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Parents React After D.C. Schools Trim Recess

Play associated audio

As students head back to school, D.C. parents find that recess has been cut to 15 minutes daily.

The Washington Post reports the change was buried in school budget documents last spring, but it has drawn protests from parents who say their children need more exercise to be healthy and focused in the classroom.

In response, school officials issued new guidance raising the minimum to 20 minutes. They say principals may add more recess time if they choose. Parents say 20 minutes is still not enough.

Recess has been a flashpoint nationwide, as schools are under pressure to raise test scores. Recess advocates say physical activity can improve student achievement.

Montgomery County schools tend to offer 30 minute recesses, while Fairfax County recommends 20 minutes per day.

NPR

Jhumpa Lahiri Finds Freedom In Italian Memoir: 'No One Expected Me To Do It'

The Interpreter of Maladies author is a successful, Pulitzer Prize-winning English-language writer. But she found writing in Italian gave her true freedom; "Language is a very messy thing," she says.
NPR

Gulf Of Mexico Open For Fish-Farming Business

For the first time, companies can apply to set up fish farms in U.S. federal waters. The government says the move will help reduce American dependence on foreign seafood and improve security.
WAMU 88.5

What's Behind Trends In U.S. Violent Crime Rates

FBI data suggest there was a slight uptick in violent crime in the first half of last year, but overall violent crime rates in the U.S. have dropped dramatically over the last twenty years. What led to the long-term decline, and why do some say it’s likely to continue?

WAMU 88.5

Blocked: Twitter's Role In Combating Violent Extremism

Over the course of seven months, Twitter has suspended over 125,000 accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist acts.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.