USAToday - When is it too cold for schoolchildren to go outside for recess? The answer varies widely based on where a school is located and what the kids are used to. Consider: One northern Minnesota school says it has to be 15 below zero before kids are kept inside. But in areas along the East Coast, temperatures below 35 to 40 degrees could keep kids inside.
And the article goes on to support more facts regarding the pussification of America. I take serious issue with this because I can't once recall being held inside due to it being "too cold outside" I remember a few recesses that were held in the gym or auditorium because the playground was buried in snow up to our waists but never because of temperatures. Suck it up east coast kids, you're frigen embarrassing us.
You don't think we were freezing our asses off out there playing touch football in the 5 degree winter? Struggling to catch the ball in our stretchy gloves? Shit was cold, but we were fine because we stayed active. I'm guessing the problem with this generation of softies is that recess consists of a bunch of frigen nerds standing around in a circle playing Donkey Kong on their Nintendo DS or some shit. I don't think I've ever seen anyone over the age of 12 playing with one of those things but they seem to be wildly popular with the "educational but fun" parenting crowd that seems to be the trend these days. Well guess what parents, your kids are going to grow up to be soft non-competitive basement dwellers who are crippled when they face any kind of adverse conditions in life.
If I'm a teacher I'm throwing these puss-bags outside and letting them fend for themselves. Recess was like 15 minutes back in my day, what is the worst that can happen in 15 minutes? You're not getting frost bite that's for sure. Make sure your class doesn't have that one show-off moron that decides he's going to stick his tongue to something and you're all set.