Why Kids Shouldn't Sit Still in Class (NY Times)

 Just need to replace a few of these bikes with slide boards

Just need to replace a few of these bikes with slide boards

With an increase in the quality of leisure time for America's youth comes the constant challenge of fighting distraction. While kids aren't allowed to look at phones during class, they're still distracted with what's happening online and are constantly being bombarded outside of class with statuses, meet ups, notifications, etc. It doesn't make it any easier to sit through a lecture type environment over the course of day. 

The New York Times had an article a couple weeks ago stating something many of us consider obvious which is physical activity can stimulate brain cells. "A 2013 report from the Institute of Medicine concluded that children who are more active “show greater attention, have faster cognitive processing speed and perform better on standardized academic tests than children who are less active.""

This isn't surprising. There have been lots of studies showing how exercise increases memory skills, and decreases factors which impede cognitive thinking like anxiety and stress. Now, schools are incorporating a few minutes of exercise in the classroom, and thus improving the quality of learning time. 

Quite a few school districts are still having trouble approving programs like this. And I'm not proposing every kid in America has a slide board at their desk. Although, we're moving the right direction as the subject is getting attention not only from private sector companies, but also schools and now the media.