Forget Snow Days. Let's Cancel School for Sun Days!
With growing pressures on young students to perform on standardized tests, limits placed on recess activities, and kids showing greater signs of stress, we could all learn from the Georgia principal who canceled school due to good weather.
I'm not sure how he managed the logistics and it probably would not work to do this again, let alone regularly. However, as a reminder that kids need time to play and grow their imaginations, it is a lovely symbolic gesture.
I live in the Northeast and many days my children do not get to play outside at school. Even in slightly chilly weather, the school keeps them indoors and by the time they get off the bus, the skies are getting dark. Plus, they still have homework. The primary school does not have a dedicated gymnasium so "indoor recess" is sedentary activities in the classroom.
This principal is retiring soon and he probably started his career at a time when children did not have every hour of their days scheduled with work and organized activities. Maybe the school reformers will take note and remember to build down-time and physical activity into the school day--but I am not holding my breath. It is up to parents and local school officials to insist that children be given the time to be children.