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It only takes a minute

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Laura Feit
April 25, 2011

… or ten, every day until the school year is over, plus one additional day tacked on to the end of the year. This is how our school district (and many others in the area) are handling making up numerous snow days taken this past winter.

Honestly, I don’t have a problem with 10 extra minutes plus a day of education for my children – for ANY child, especially since this is time being made up. I think the education system in Wisconsin and the U.S. as a whole is severely lacking compared to other countries. I would like to see longer school days on a permanent basis. My kids won’t be competing with some someone from Neenah or Milwaukee for jobs – they’ll be competing with people from Tokyo and Munich. I can’t help but wonder if they’ll be as prepared as their foreign counterparts.

Now, of course my children are acting like they’re going to the salt mines for an extra 3 hours a day, but they’ll get over it. Funny how an extra 10 minutes at Grandma and Grandpa’s house is not enough time!

I do wonder how those 10 minutes are filled, is it with an extra recess, more computer lab time, another class trip to the rest rooms? Or do the teachers simply add 2 minutes to each subject, 28 minutes of math becomes 30? And what about that extra day at the end when EVERY one including the teachers is ready for summer start? I don’t recall any educational or intellectual epiphanies taking place on the last day of school.

Do you think the school days are too long, too short, or just right?



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