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Chris Christie Calls Mandatory Recess Bill “Stupid”

on January 21, 2016

Well, as was pointed out in this excellent article, Chris Christie should certainly know something about “government run amok.”
Looks like the only governmental “amok-running” he’s interested in is whatever he wants to mandate.
It also looks like Christie could use a lot more, physically busy, “recess” in his own life.

Daniel Katz, Ph.D.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie took time out of his busy schedule as a failing Presidential candidate this week to veto a bill that would have mandated 20 minutes of recess for all New Jersey schoolchildren between Kindergarten and 5th grade.  Speaking with Fox News, the Governor said that “part of my job as governor is to veto the stupid bills. That was a stupid bill and I vetoed it.”  He also characterized the bill as “crazy government run amok” and mischaracterized it as requiring outdoor recess regardless of the weather conditions; the actual language of the bill expressed a preference for outdoor recess when possible.  Governor Christie further berated the legislators who passed the bill by saying, “With all the other problems we have to deal with, my Legislature is worried about recess for kids from kindergarten to fifth grade?”

I think we need to clarify some points:

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2 responses to “Chris Christie Calls Mandatory Recess Bill “Stupid”

  1. PiedType says:

    And just this week I was reading about a school somewhere that has way more recesses than normal and as a result is seeing much better performance from its students.

  2. Naja pallida says:

    I think the sad part of this is that these kind of studies have been done. The data is out there. The optimal amounts of class room time vs recess time to get the best attentiveness, highest reading scores, and best average grades were extensively studied in the 1980s. Yet, someone always seems to think they have a better way, and wants to reinvent the wheel.

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