Recess for All?

I heard principal and founder of the Ron Clark Academy say the problem with children today is that everyone gets an award for participation. Mr. Clark thought by teaching kids you win even when you don’t is creating an environment of spoiled kids who thinks the world will bow to them. I generally agree. Recently, Representative Demetrius Douglas proposed legislation that made recess mandatory and prevented teachers from using recess as punishment. Can teachers make a misbehaving child walk in circles in “the yard” when they misbehave instead? It may be good practice for those children who are headed that way despite the hard work of the child’s teachers and schools. The reality is, our prisons are filled with children who had recess and it hasn’t made a difference.