Are recess and Ritalin inversely correlated?

Filed under: Development/Milestones: Babies, Day Care & Education

kids playing at recessLast night when we were again discussing the boy vs. girl-ness of education, I recognized the recurrence of a new theme in the ADD/genderized learning debate: when recess time decreases, ADHD increases.

Are recess and Ritalin inversely correlated?

I don't know if I want to pin the problems of the world on a little running around in a schoolyard. And I've got nothing but anecdotal evidence to say that recess is, indeed, decreasing. But it does make a lot of sense. Recess promotes exercise. Recess reduces negative energy and obesity and, I don't know, probably some social tensions as well (oh how fondly I remember games of "chase" with the boys at Sunnyside Elementary School!).

As far as I'm concerned, it's a battle cry worth yelling. Let's keep the energy in recess and see what happens.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.