The LiiNK Project is based on research in the U.S. and other countries to incorporate a much more inclusive, innovative model than traditional public schools have adopted over the past 20 years. The approach traditional public schools have adopted is centered around a required number of minutes in specific content areas daily. Standardized tests are the focus of determining success of a school or grade level achievement. LiiNK is based on improved brain development as a result of physical activity and outdoor exposure throughout the day, and character development taught daily. State requirements are still included.
Interestingly though, as a result of the traditional school mindset, participation in physical education has declined across U.S. schools, due to the belief that if students are in class for more hours, teacher competencies are measured competitively, and teachers teach to a test, students will ultimately become better learners/scholars. LiiNK and other researchers have shown that children who engage in more physical activity and play and more quality academic content daily will do better academically than children who are sedentary, less creative and active, and pressured with more quantity academic content daily.
The power of LiiNK is much bigger than just the unstructured, outdoor play piece daily that most people think LiiNK is about. LiiNK alters the policies, procedures, and practices of a school/district to meet whole child/whole school needs through the following aspects.