Recess. We all loved it. But did we know how much of a role it played in our overall education?

An interdisciplinary team of educators from Clemson University are addressing that topic in “Say ‘Yes’ to Recess,” a ClemsonTV webcast highlighting the importance of recess and providing recommendations on recess-related school policies. The video is the latest in Clemson’s “Policy Matters” webcast series, which explores educational policy topics impacting student success.

Professors and administrators from Clemson’s College of Education and College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences examine the impact of recess on classroom behavior, academic success, social and emotional development, and physical health and well-being. They find that the benefits of recess are not commonly known and should be taken more seriously by educators and parents.

Faiza Jamil, assistant professor of child development in the College of Education, said sandboxes and swing sets should be valued just as much as textbooks and chalkboards. “If there were any other activity that benefited a child in all the ways recess does, I would be surprised,” she said. “There are few activities that help to regulate emotion, manage behavior, and challenge young students physically while also developing problem solving, communication and collaboration-related skills.”

Representatives from both colleges hope communities and schools will use information provided in the video to examine their policies on recess and similar unstructured time. College of Education Dean George J. Petersen provides viewers with recommendations specific to school policy.

The “Policy Matters” webcast series is a partnership between the College of Education, College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences, and Clemson Broadcast Productions. Each of the webcasts serve as a resource for educational stakeholders including parents, educators, state and national policymakers, school boards and administrators, and business and community members.