What do you think of the idea of recess coaches?
Until I read this, I actually liked it -- the idea
of recess coaches, that is. But having read your thread now, it seems to me that schools are screwing up this perfectly good idea in the application.
But maybe I was starting with the wrong conception of what a recess coach is. I first heard the word in on NPR, when a teacher from a tough Philadelphia neighborhood talked about her work. As I remember it, her story was that schools in this neighborhood had had physical education choked off by budget cuts. (Sounds a bit like your story so far, boomerang.) And now, during recess the kids started knife fights with each other because they didn't know what to do with themselves. They didn't know how to play dodge ball and other classical games anymore. So the teachers became "recess coaches" and started organizing games for the children. Children found playing much more attractive than fighting, violence on the schoolyard quickly receded, and everyone lived happily ever after. That's the image I got away with.
Ever since this broadcast, which I heard maybe half a year ago, I'd been thinking of recess coaches as enablers
of play, not as enforcers of stupid school rules designed to stifle it. I thought recess coaches were pretty cool. Did NPR instill the wrong image in me? Are play enablers the exception among recess coaches, and play quashers the rule?