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Why Waldorf? » Research archive » U.S. School Children Need Less Work, More Play

A recent study supports what Waldorf education has staunchly upheld for ninety years: school children require less work, more play. In a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics of more than 10,000 children aged 8 and 9, researchers found better classroom behavior among those who had at least a 15-minute break during the school day compared to those who did not. The behavior assessments were general in nature and not made at any particular time of the school day. The growing trend of curbing free time at school may lead to unruly classrooms and rob youngsters of needed exercise and an important chance to socialize. Read the entire article, entitled "All Work and No Play."