Belated bump! Thanks for posting this.
I agree, it IS a war on boys. Kids (both boys and girls) NEED recess. They need time for free play, not all this constant structured activity.
A little structured activity in physical education class is ok. Unfortunately, even physical education has been phased out in many schools over the years. Or sissified.
When I was in elementary school, we had two recess periods per day on a huge, well equipped playground. We also had a very large sand lot for playing football, baseball, kickball, etc. Boys could be boys back then!