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To Stop Kids from Bullying, School Replaces Recess with Poetry Reciting

To Stop Kids from Bullying, School Replaces Recess with Poetry Reciting

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“I think this school is making a mistake,” tweeted Jonathan Haidt, co-author of “The Coddling of the American Mind.”

What school?

The Hackney New School in London that I write about over at Let Grow. (Click here to read.)

“A school without bullying sounds like a utopia, but it is achievable,” Hackney’s head of school announced. But the way she eliminated bullying was by replacing recess with geography quizzes and poetry recitations. “We want every second at school to count.”

I’m sure the kids are counting the seconds, too.

As Haidt, a co-founder of Let Grow, put it in his Tweet: “Perhaps they have eliminated bullying by eliminating unsupervised play, but they are likely going to produce more fragile graduates. Would be great to compare outcomes to schools that increase play.”

Sure would!

Photo by Tony Tran on Unsplash

Published at Sun, 04 Apr 2021 16:41:00 +0000

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