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The Global School Play Day is a grassroots movement that’s meant to restore play for kids by highlighting the importance of recess in schools. How’s that done? Simple: PLAY ALL DAY!
Started in 2015, in response to Dr. Peter Gray’s TEDx talk about how kids are losing a lot more than play in today’s world, the Global School Play Day registered 65,000 students on their website, according to their press release, after just four weeks of social media promotion. The point was simple: no screens, no structure, all day long, promoting unstructured play at the same time. Kids were invited to bring toys with them into the classroom, and all day long they were allowed to create their own games, have their own interactions, completely separated from pre-planned structure.
“Schools are eliminating recess,” Global School Play Day (GSPD) writes in their press release. “Teachers assigning more and more homework. Parents scheduled every waking minute for their kids. Young children becoming addicted to their devices. Skyrocketing anxiety and stress. Severe mental health issues and the highest suicide rates in younger and younger children in recorded history.”
Last year, the GSPD registered over 385,000 students from 58 countries. This year, they hoped to add more…and they sure did. According to their official website, a whopping 535,690 students from 72 nations participated. They not only added more to their record, but smashed it. Next year, they’re hoping to crack seven figures: a massive 1,000,000. Can they do it? Sure, but with your help.
You can register your school for next year’s day of play, which takes place on Feb. 5, 2020. You can also connect with other participants by using #GSPD2020 on social media. If you’re a parent, get your local school to register. If you’re an educator, invite other schools in the area to participate. Bringing recess back to schools is an important goal, but it’s an uphill battle.
How will you play your part?