Right now schools in three States are starting to hire "play coaches" who will teach our kids how to play during recess.
Children are spending too much time with video games that they have forgotten how to play outside.
Asked by Anonymous at 8:40 AM on Apr. 11, 2010 in Politics & Current Events
O and PS, If I were a parent in this school district, I'd be raising HOLY HELL...Wasting that type of money when most school districts are facing shortfalls in their budgets and CUTTING things like GYM and MUSIC is BEYOND ridiculous!
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:56 AM on Apr. 11, 2010
Playworks, a California-based nonprofit organization that was awarded an $18 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has placed coaches in 170 schools in low-income areas of nine cities, including Boston, Washington and Los Angeles, The Times reports. Schools pay Playworks $23,500 a year to run a recess program. In January, Brandi Parker was hired by Playworks to be a recess coach at Broadway Elementary School in Newark, N.J. Since then, disciplinary referrals at recess have dropped by three-quarters, and injuries have been reduced.
Answer by Anonymous at 8:47 AM on Apr. 11, 2010
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Answer by plylerjones at 8:49 AM on Apr. 11, 2010
My husband and I were the play coaches. I get so tired of people convincing parents they are incompetent.
Answer by jesse123456 at 8:52 AM on Apr. 11, 2010
Answer by Stefono at 9:03 AM on Apr. 11, 2010
It's sad, but I know a few people like this. They never spend time outside interacting with other children, and when they do they act out aggressively - but only with the kids that are smaller than them. I think too many parents use TV and video games as babysitters so that they don't have to teach their kids manners, respect, and to actually spend time with them. I don't know about hiring a whole new position to teach kids how to play. Hey, if it's a non-profit, can they make those coaches internships? LOL.
Answer by QuinnMae at 9:16 AM on Apr. 11, 2010
If you thinks it's unnecessary go spend some time at a school play ground. Kids do not know how to play with teacher because many never do it. TV and video games are the only playmates of more and more kids in this country. I think a play coach is overkill, but someone does need to work with these kids.
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