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    How much time should children spend in school?

    Many educators want the school day lengthened.

    Do you agree that it should be lengthened?

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    Re: How much time should children spend in school?

    no no no



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    Re: How much time should children spend in school?

    I tell the kids that I sometimes spend 10 or 12 hours per day working. If it's good enough for me, it's good enough for them.



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    Re: How much time should children spend in school?

    Teacher unions will never allow it.



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    Re: How much time should children spend in school?

    Oh yea, all those students that are already disconnected from learning will really be engaged enough that extra hour!

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    Re: How much time should children spend in school?

    Increasing the quantity of educational time is nowhere near as effective as increasing the quality of educational time.



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    Re: How much time should children spend in school?

    I'm done with school (at least the high school variety) so I say keep them 16 hours/day. It's my duty as someone who had to walk three miles to school--up hill both ways--to tell our current students how easy they've got it.

    I used to love class evaluations on the final day. Since I was done with the class (except for thermodynamics. I liked that one so much I took it twice.), I'd always say they needed more homework, more quizzes, more reading, harder tests, etc. Yup, that's the kind of guy I am.


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    Re: How much time should children spend in school?

    I say 24/7. See ya when you graduate.



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    Re: How much time should children spend in school?

    Year round school, extra days off at quarter breaks, but keep them in an extra 40 days.


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    Re: How much time should children spend in school?

    When I think back to my time in school, I remember heaps of wasted time. I agree with the earlier poster that said it should be a quality and not quantity issue.



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    Re: How much time should children spend in school?

    Quote Originally Posted by BryceC View Post
    When I think back to my time in school, I remember heaps of wasted time. I agree with the earlier poster that said it should be a quality and not quantity issue.

    I agree too that it should be quality over quantity. But how do you improve the quality? Teacher's unions won't allow that. Not that they're against a quality education---but they certainly aren't for performance based incentives. I'd love to have a job where I'm not judged on my performance, where I have summers off, where it'd be really, really hard to lose my job.



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    Re: How much time should children spend in school?

    Quote Originally Posted by acrozier22 View Post
    Teacher unions will never allow it.
    That would be a tough fight.


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    Re: How much time should children spend in school?

    I think that if anything, class lengths should be extended. If a school now has eight hours in a day, it would be better to have four hours that are double the normal period. Every other day the schedule would alternate. In my experience, class periods are too long to get much learning done.


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    Re: How much time should children spend in school?

    I think the year round schooling is better, with short more intense days.....no more Art class - more math and science. If you want to paint, do it at home.



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    Re: How much time should children spend in school?

    Quote Originally Posted by dosry5 View Post
    I agree too that it should be quality over quantity. But how do you improve the quality? Teacher's unions won't allow that. Not that they're against a quality education---but they certainly aren't for performance based incentives. I'd love to have a job where I'm not judged on my performance, where I have summers off, where it'd be really, really hard to lose my job.
    As a teacher, I really don't disagree with anything you say here. There are certainly teachers out there that shouldn't be teaching but still manage to keep their job. My only concern about performance based incentive is how you measure the performance. If you judge a teacher's worth strictly on student test scores, then you raise an issue regarding quality of students in classes. If I have a class that has a number of special needs students in it compare to another class that has a number of talented and gifted students, I am going to be a little upset because I don't have as good a chance as the other teacher of meeting performance benchmarks. I'm all for incentive pay, just explain to me how it is going to work without causing a riot among the teaching staff every time class schedules are issued.

    Note: I am a math teacher so disregard any spelling or grammer errors.



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