Arizona supports all-day kindergarten. On 12 May 2005 I read an article in the Arizona Republic about how many schools -- to improve learning -- are reducing the length of recess. The article prompted me to send the following Letter To The Editor (which was ignored).Schools pressured to cut recess [12 May 2005] I fail to see how all day kindergarten and reduced recess times are going to help allay the defects found in America's educational systems. Albert Einstein was quoted saying: "If A is Success, then A = X + Y + Z, where 'X' is work, 'Y' is play, and 'Z' is keep your mouth shut." I obviously haven't learned 'Z' yet, but the kids of Arizona are at risk of not learning about the importance of 'Y'.
[Update::20 August 2005]
On 17 August 2005, prior to the start of the Fall 2005 semester, GDT::Play:: Playing is Important (e-playground) was created.
Creator: Gerald D. Thurman
Created: 29 May 2005