Wednesday, December 1

Why at school children should stand instead of sit

  • Joaquin Mateu Molla
  • The Conversation*

Children in front of a board

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Recent research seriously questions the usefulness of sitting still during the long hours of teaching.

Imagine for a moment the classroom in which we received lessons during our childhood or adolescence.

In this endearing mental journey we will surely rediscover a succession of desks lined up in rows, where each of us had his immovable place.

Those rooms were more or less ordered spaces.

They were designed to move us only within restrictive limits: from the chair to the blackboard, or to the teacher’s table, tracing a round-trip orbit that was broken by the sound of the siren that announced the end of classes.

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