No Time For Play

The three-part radio series No Time For Play examines how schools in the Seattle area are increasingly limiting kids' physical activity and play times. It was reported by Ann Dornfeld and edited by Carol Smith.

No Time For Play
8:05 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Recess, Once Free Time, Gets An Overhaul

The nonprofit organization Playworks has trained several dozen schools in Washington -- including Bellevue Public Schools -- how to turn recess from the traditional free time into an organized activity period.
Credit Photo Credit Playworks

The recess for the youngest students at Ardmore Elementary School in Bellevue doesn’t look like your typical recess.

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No Time For Play
7:29 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Recess Shrinks At Seattle Schools; Poor Schools Fare Worst

Flickr Photo/Joe Shlabotnik (CC-BY-NC-ND)

In decades past, elementary students had recess several times a day.

Today, parents and teachers across the country report dramatic cutbacks to that free time. In Seattle, the length of recess varies dramatically from school to school – from an hour to just 15 minutes.

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No Time For Play
7:21 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Seattle-Area Kids Don’t Get Enough P.E., But Who Is Keeping Track?

Fourth-graders at Schmitz Park Elementary in West Seattle play capture the flag in their outdoor P.E. class.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld

At a playfield in West Seattle, physical education teacher C.J. Sealey referees with a piercing whistle. Sealey aims to get these kids moving – after all, state law demands that elementary and middle school students get at least 100 minutes of P.E. every week.

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