“I questioned why they don’t have it and she said unfortunately it’s a regional decision because the testing scores are not as high as they would like them to be,” Spivey said. “They feel the kids need to concentrate more on their school.”The school’s principal and officials with the Houston Independent School District declined to comment. A staff member denied the cutbacks.
The state of Texas mandates that students have 135 minutes of physical activity each week. School officials said students at Stevens Elementary receive 150 minutes in two daily recess periods and two physical education classes each week.
The students told another story.
“P.E. is only one day a week,” student Drew Lochridge-Fletcher said. “Recess, they canceled it.”
“They told us we can’t have recess because our scores are going low and we need higher scores to get our recess back,” student Brianna Lambert said.
Well, I guess this is good preparation for working at Walmart. Off the clock hours and having to work too much for too little to make the 30 minutes of exercise recommended by various health organizations an unnecessary luxury.