Due to state and federal funding, U.S. schools are focused on testing and learning outcomes, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, teachers and administrators feel that children are significantly more aggressive than ever before. Overwhelming children with increased loads of learning content and long days in the classroom may not be the answer. Rather, children need more time for child directed, rough and tumble, and risky play.
Since COVID: What should a day look like for a child? What should schools provide for children? How much content should be taught daily and should unstructured play/physical activity/music/art be considered content just like ELAR, Math, Science, and Social Studies?