(Written by David Reeves) Common core standards in schools have become more rigorous over the past few years. Required tests have made the school year a busy time while teachers rush and struggle to prepare their students. Because of this recess is often getting cut out of a child’s day. Many parents and professionals are saying that the benefits from school recess range farther than just expelling pent-up energy, and that it should be required to be scheduled into their child’s day at school every day. Unstructured free play with peers in the form of recess provides an educational experience all its own. On the playground children are able to develop their individual identity and personality traits as well as improve their self-esteem. Recess can be much more than play time and can improve not only a child’s self control but also their behavior, their concentration and their grades.