America's Overscheduled Kids
For most public schools, Columbus Day注1 means a day off. But for Melissa Driscoll and her two daughters, there is no rest for the weary[疲倦].
“Well, we’re two brownie[核仁巧克力饼] troops, are gonna go to Agnes Farm and pick some vegetables and fruits, and it’s part of our activity for earning our try-it badge[徽章].”
But today’s report says it’s parents who should try lightening the load when it comes to overscheduling.
“children now have……are engaged in a lot of enrichment[丰富] activities, you know extracurricular[课外的] activities, sports activities. We think that’s great. We just want balance.”
Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg is a pediatrician[儿科医师] and co-author of the 32-page report which says free and unstructured[自由的] play is essential[基本的] for the physical, social and emotional well-being[健康] of children.
“We have to understand that play or even in school, for example, recess[休息] allows kids to reboot[重新启动]. And as they reboot, they’re gonna absorb[吸收] all of the rest of lives lessons more effectively[有效地].” ......