Texas Ed: Comments on Education from Texas

January 1, 2007

Unschooling disguised as recess

Filed under: Homeschooling, Legislature, Parental Involvement — texased @ 9:40 pm

Looks like parents might be able to save recess based on local values.

80(R) HB 366 – Introduced version – Bill Text:

SECTION�1.��This Act may be cited as the “Freedom to Play and Learn Act.”
�������SECTION�2.��Section 28.004, Education Code, is amended by adding Subsection (l) to read as follows:
�������(l)��The local school health advisory council shall consider and may make policy recommendations concerning the importance of daily recess for elementary school students. The council may consider any research regarding unsupervised play, academic and social development, and the health benefits of daily recess in making the recommendations. The council shall ensure that local community values are reflected in any policy recommendation made to the district under this subsection.

It does make you wonder what other areas parents would be interested in having some influence over. And will this provide “legitimization” for unschoolers? After all, they can use any “research regarding unsupervised play, academic and social development.” Sounds like supporting unschooling to me.

2 Comments »

  1. School children need a break during school to unwind, wake up, and refresh themselfes. A time to step back and then proceed with the rest of the day. Just as adults need that break to better preform at thier jobs, so do children even more so than adults. To be able to learn the social skills required to interact with other people and become positive,contributing citizens of our socity.

    Comment by Ernest Gutierrez — February 21, 2007 @ 3:18 pm

  2. Good point. Don’t even employers have to give their employees a certain amount of time in breaks depending on how long their working? So much for applying business practices to the benefit of the education system.

    Comment by texased — February 25, 2007 @ 10:58 am


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