Costs of infrastructure
In this proposal, most of the points suggested include cost saving alternatives that utilize a fraction of the cost of playground structures, and favor physical activity. In order to promote an active lifestlyle the main component is creativity and willingness.
The proposal includes painting and designing your own playground and teaching children the rules of games, old and new, that seem to be forgotten.
Bullying (recess confrontations)
It is true that kids get bullied on playgrounds, but they get bullied in cafeterias, too, and in hallways, in bathrooms, in locker rooms, just about anywhere with little or no adult supervision.
The base rate of aggression on playgrounds is very low, the bad publicity is higher. Statistically, verbal aggression account for less than 2 percent of the total.
Recess remains one of the only times during the school day when children have time and opportunities to interact with their peers on their own terms. Through interaction at recess, children learn social skills, such as how to cooperate and compromise and how to inhibit aggression. Eliminating or reducing recess destroys these learning opportunities.
A trained professional for supervision during recess can promote positive social interaction and prevent bullying.
Well marked activities engage children in purposeful play and reduce confrontations during recess.
Lack of trained personnel to watch over the children
Personnel can be trained in games and dynamics in order to steer the play during recess towards physical activity, without taking from the playground experience and falling into a Physical Education Class.
Perceived waste of time vs time used to improve academic knowledge and performance
Children learn better and more quickly when their efforts toward a task are distributed rather than concentrated or when they are given breaks during tasks.
Children with a higher level of physical fitness seem to possess increased cognitive skills and problem solving abilities.
Younger children are more susceptible to the effects of recess or tasks spacing, and experience the greatest benefits of recess
In addition, free play, developed during recess, benefits as children as it provides them with an opportunity to find and develop a connection with their own interests. Develop executive functions as they learn how to make decisions, solve problems, exert self control and follow rules (those of the game and of their peers). Children also learn to handle their emotions, and make friends, and they learn to get along with each other as equals.