Roland Park parents rally behind middle-school recess
This past weekend, we ran a story about a group of Roland Park parents advocating for recess for their middle school students.
While recess in elementary school is pretty standard, it's less common in middle schools--not just in Baltimore, but in neighboring districts as well. City school officials said that 53 of its 88 schools with middle grades offer some form of recess, while 86 percent of its elementary schools do. Still, parents say that it's essential to their students academic and sociological development.
It was quite an experience reporting the story, with only a few parents willing to go on the record about what has become a particularly charged issue in the school's community. And it has sparked quite a debate in the district and from our readers.
Here is a Letter to the Editor , titled "Roland Park is no academic sweatshop" from the school's PTA President that we ran today. Another reader, also a middle-school teacher, from Rochester wrote in today to weigh in on the issue.
My reporting found that the parents desire for more recreational relief from the school's stringent academic model is running up against the schools budget and staff realities. But, it is hoped that the school can come up with a compromise and serve as a model for the rest of the district as schools try to juggle the demands of a well-rounded education.