Group of elementary schools hire recess coaches to teach kids how to play ‘respectfully’

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NEW YORK -- Nine elementary schools in New York are trying a new strategy to make sure kids all get along on the playground: recess coaches.

Using federal grant money, the schools have hired private supervisors from a non-profit to teach the children how to play "respectfully."

When kids lose a game, they aren't declared out but merely called "unsuccessful." They also aren't allowed to just sit on the sidelines anymore; instead, they are instructed to do jumping jacks or be a cheerleader. In tag, the kids don't get tagged but are gently tickled on the shoulder.

This organized recess was designed to curb bullying and behavior problems, foster social skills and address concerns over obesity, according to the New York Times. The hope of these elementary schools is to implement this program to encourage children to put down their electronics to enjoy some good old-fashioned fun.

Some experts say this constant supervision doesn't allow children to create their own worlds and solve their own problems.

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