I've just read the book, "The Trouble With Boys: A surprising report card on our sons, their problems at school, and what parents and Educators must do" by Peg Tyre (the Pulitzer Prize winning former education writer for "Newsweek" who spoke at the Children's Museum/Community Foundation breakfast a week or so ago. Page 106 struck me as being of interest to our CCC members:
"Who pays when recess is cut short? Boys do...Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, an associate professor pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, says play -- especially for young males -- is a public health issue. Ginsburg, a former nursery school teacher, is a sought-after speaker on the subject of building resiliency in children. Not long ago, he authored an American Academy of Pediatrics position paper urging schools and families to weave more free play into a child's day. In his high-energy way, he's happy to talk about the academy's recommendations. But his personal story is even more compelling.
"Movement, he says, provides a way to help him focus. He has grappled with attention issues his entire life. Listening to patients is easy. Sitting in a chair listening to teachers lecture? 'Forget it!' he says. What he tells the boys whom he sees in his practice is that movement is important for the healthy development of all kids, but for them it's crucial. 'On the aver,' he says, 'girls can handle a sedentary school day '' -- although he's quick to point out that it's not good for them, either. He then reiterates what so many people who study boys eventually conclude: Boys need movement to survive."