Most U.S. adults oppose the reduction of recess time, but Washington Post columnist Jay Mathews says recess can be "poisonous" for struggling urban schools. "Few Americans have an opportunity to experience what teaching in urban schools is like," Mathews writes. "The people I know who have done so have developed a well-reasoned antipathy for the typical half-hour, go-out-and-play-but-don't-kill-anybody recess."

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