Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today. Angela Hanscom writes that children are not moving enough in school. As a pediatric occupational therapist, she recently tested a classroom of fifth-graders and found that most of the children had poor core strength and balance. “In fact, we tested a few other classrooms and found that when compared to children from the early 19890s, only one out of twelve children had normal strength and balance.”
The problem: children are constantly in an upright position these days. It is rare to find children rolling down hills, climbing trees, and spinning in circles just for fun. Merry-go-rounds and teeter-totters are a thing of the past. Recess times have shortened due to increasing educational demands, and children rarely play outdoors due to parental fears, liability issues, and the hectic schedules of modern-day society. Lets face it: Children are not nearly moving enough, and it is really starting to become a problem.