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Chantelle Prince
Chantelle Prince

Children are people now, not just potential on legs!
10 minutes is definately not enough time for lunch! School is meant to benefit the children not just get them out of thier parents way! At least for primary school, hours should not be extended, play is childrens work.
For the teenagers, if hours are extended then homework should either decrease or be what they are doing in those extra hours. Give the kids more choices, its always easier to excel in what you are interested in. Time to...

Children are people now, not just potential on legs!
10 minutes is definately not enough time for lunch! School is meant to benefit the children not just get them out of thier parents way! At least for primary school, hours should not be extended, play is childrens work.
For the teenagers, if hours are extended then homework should either decrease or be what they are doing in those extra hours. Give the kids more choices, its always easier to excel in what you are interested in. Time to debate and investigate issues facing the world would be great for older kids.

Mtn Herman
Mtn Herman
  • Chantelle Prince

for sure ! you are totally right! anyway how are u doing? nice to meet.

Chantelle Prince
Chantelle Prince
  • Chantelle Prince

Thanks :D I'm doing pretty good. It may be that more parents would be opposed to longer school hours if they were'nt under financial pressure and employer pressure to work long hours. This would surely be moreso in a nation without much social welfare to fall back on. I do not understand women who fob off thier babies to strangers so they can go to work, stuff the mortgage, the kids are more important!

Chantelle Prince
Chantelle Prince
  • Chantelle Prince

The kinder we treat our kids the kinder the following generation will be

Jim Ingersoll
Jim Ingersoll

First determine where the low achievement scores are, then fill in the gaps with... hi intensity..hi interest..hi results curriculum activities. If a kid can memorize every level of a video game and still can’t memorize the times tables..it tells you something about the teaching and the curriculum.

Rachel Limas
Rachel Limas
  • Jim Ingersoll

Oh boy... That was a kick in the pants!! lol Indy can't seem to retain the times tables. So we started counting by numbers. After 6 yrs of doing times tables you would think he would get it! But he forgets every summer, even with esy. sigh... I really like my Aunt's idea of using it for teaching real life skills... coping skills, "street smarts," skills for home life and job interviews! They also need to know what their options are if they need help. Role playing and excursions for...

Oh boy... That was a kick in the pants!! lol Indy can't seem to retain the times tables. So we started counting by numbers. After 6 yrs of doing times tables you would think he would get it! But he forgets every summer, even with esy. sigh... I really like my Aunt's idea of using it for teaching real life skills... coping skills, "street smarts," skills for home life and job interviews! They also need to know what their options are if they need help. Role playing and excursions for practicing those skills would improve everything else for kids. When they have confidence in themselves, the whole world opens up to them!!! I wish they had put social/life skills as an option!!

Samuel Roth
Samuel Roth

3 week summer break--balance of time in school-- parents should be responsible and raise their children--don't expect the school system to be a substitute for parenting--- find time to spend with offspring and encourage them to achieve educational goals--Support teachers!

Angela Renee' Hembree
Angela Renee' Hembree
  • Samuel Roth

Agreed what has happened and why would we be even considering this is terrible thing for our children REALLY!!!!!

Terry Fitzgerald
Terry Fitzgerald

Terry Fitzgerald · University of Sydney.
I taught in a school where the periods were 40 minutes each. The President (Principal - the school had been founded by a bishop to prevent the government from reclaiming unused church property, hence the Principal being called the President) knew of a school in the Riverina (a farming area in the south west of New South Wales Australia) which had achieved good results (supposedly) by having more periods. More periods were added - 8.30 am to 3.50 pm...

Terry Fitzgerald · University of Sydney.
I taught in a school where the periods were 40 minutes each. The President (Principal - the school had been founded by a bishop to prevent the government from reclaiming unused church property, hence the Principal being called the President) knew of a school in the Riverina (a farming area in the south west of New South Wales Australia) which had achieved good results (supposedly) by having more periods. More periods were added - 8.30 am to 3.50 pm was the length of the school day and there were 5 periods on a Saturday morning if the sport teams were playing 'at home'... 8.30 am - 11.40 am - yes, the school was a boarding school with a smaller number of 'day boys'. That means 45 x 40 minute periods a week (when the teams played 'at home' on the Saturdays)!

I don't know about results, but the days were very long - particularly in the very cold winter - Southern Highlands of N.S.W. - the summers were blazing hot - sheep country. The long school day was emphasised by the after school activities. After school activities included: Monday afternoons - cross country, Tuesdays - chosen sport practice, Wednesdays - can't remember!, Thursdays - chosen sport practice, Fridays - cadets (military training... government supplied uniforms, weapons etc.). Saturday mornings school/inter-school sports, Saturday night - films (pre-TV), Sunday morning Mass, letter writing/study, Sunday afternoons - sport, Sunday evenings - one act plays/debating, etc., Monday to Friday evenings showers, dinner, night study.... great amount of free time! The teachers taught all periods - no 'free' periods for preparation etc., and those living inn took 'night study' several times a week! Students seemed to thrive on the regime! Teacher had a 'full-on' program.

p.s. being able to choose just one option doesn't give a complete picture and there should be an option to add a comment on the score return.

Terry Fitzgerald
Terry Fitzgerald

I taught in a school where the periods were 40 minutes each. The President (Principal - the school had been founded by a bishop to prevent the government from reclaiming unused church property, hence the Principal being called the President) knew of a school in the Riverina (a farming area in the south west of New South Wales Australia) which had achieved good results (supposedly) by having more periods. More periods were added - 8.30 am to 3.50 pm was the length of the school day and there...

I taught in a school where the periods were 40 minutes each. The President (Principal - the school had been founded by a bishop to prevent the government from reclaiming unused church property, hence the Principal being called the President) knew of a school in the Riverina (a farming area in the south west of New South Wales Australia) which had achieved good results (supposedly) by having more periods. More periods were added - 8.30 am to 3.50 pm was the length of the school day and there were 5 periods on a Saturday morning if the sport teams were playing 'at home'... 8.30 am - 11.40 am - yes, the school was a boarding school with a smaller number of 'day boys'. That means 45 x 40 minute periods a week (when the teams played 'at home' on the Saturdays)!

I don't know about results, but the days were very long - particularly in the very cold winter - Southern Highlands of N.S.W. - the summers were blazing hot - sheep country. The long school day was emphasised by the after school activities. After school activities included: Monday afternoons - cross country, Tuesdays - chosen sport practice, Wednesdays - can't remember!, Thursdays - chosen sport practice, Fridays - cadets (military training... government supplied uniforms, weapons etc.). Saturday mornings school/inter-school sports, Saturday night - films (pre-TV), Sunday morning Mass, letter writing/study, Sunday afternoons - sport, Sunday evenings - one act plays/debating, etc., Monday to Friday evenings showers, dinner, night study.... great amount of free time! The teachers taught all periods - no 'free' periods for preparation etc., and those living inn took 'night study' several times a week! Students seemed to thrive on the regime! Teacher had a 'full-on' program.

p.s. being able to choose just one option doesn't give a complete picture and there should be an option to add a comment on the score return.

Molly Jane Ulm
Molly Jane Ulm

Kids spend too much time away from their family already....they need to be with their parents and family, and family should be teaching them about life skills and relationships, and communication. The family is being systematically replaced by strangers.

Lisa Martin
Lisa Martin

We need to be able to pay for better quality teachers smaller class sizes so the children can have more individualized attention. The schools need more advanced resources in order to better prepare our children for there future. Whenever our Government, local, state or otherwise gets themselves in trouble the first thing they want to cut is education and they wonder what the problem is, they are the problem not that our children need to go to school longer.

Stephen Etomet
Stephen Etomet

I would add into skills like debating, art and crafts that would enhance the childs talents.

Nicholas Kopit
Nicholas Kopit

Mandatory philosophy, critical thinking, and longer art classes. Let's make a generation with the ability to think and create.

Brandy Bowlin
Brandy Bowlin

I wouldn't. Kids have after school activities, sports, and JOBS!! And some have to go home right after school and babysit, it's too long in the day post pone school more. I personally would like to do it and get it done with! And don't blame the time on students, that we need mo sleep time. Obviously we are stubborn and will just go to bed an hour LATER if we gain another hour for sleep. So..JUST LEAVE IT!!

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