Fix poverty, and until then focus on comprehension

Dr. Stephen Krashen is a professor emeritus at the University of Southern California. He has written numerous books on his research into literacy and language acquisition. In recent years he has emerged as a persistent . . .

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Play Research Demonstrates Chicago Should Provide Recess in Every School

March 25, 2009
I was asked to do a presentation about recess at a conference for the Association for Childhood Education International, and came up with a bunch of new research on the importance of . . .

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Boys from O.A. Thorp playing after school in April 2009. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.

Kids deserve a break

Thursday, March 19, 2009
Address to the O. A. Thorp Local School Council
Recess should be one of the regular subjects like math or reading or spelling. I think kids should have a break in . . .

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Above, Sam Schmidt, who presented the case for recess to the O.A. Thorp Local School Council. Substance photo by Sharon Schmidt.

Research shows academic, physical and emotional benefits of recess

Students, parents, and teachers know from personal experience that children need unstructured breaks in their day. Research also has proven the physical, emotional, academic, and social benefits of recess. For information, see any of the . . .

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Chicago school reform: Lessons for the Nation (A Report by PURE and Fair Test...)

[Editor’s Note: When the following report was originally published in January 2007, we noted it and recommended that readers go to the PURE website for the entire report, which is more than 30 pages long. . . .

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