Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Children, school, and recess

So I'm talking with my oldest daughter and she tells me about lunch at her school.

It starts at 10:40am.

She doesn't get home until 4:00pm.

Somehow this works out to be appropriate for her. Somehow she's supposed to go from 10:40am to 4:00pm without eating, and still be able to focus on her schoolwork.

Oh yeah - she has twenty minutes to eat.

Wonderful, isn't it?

My middle daughter frequently misses eating her entire lunch because she eats very slowly and 20 minutes is not enough for her to finish lunch.

It gets worse.

They get 30 minutes of recess every day.

Thirty minutes out of eight hours. That's how much they get to run, play, and get exercise until after school. Because their teachers pile homework on them to the roof, they're doing homework from the moment they get home until about 6:00pm.


My kids need more time to be kids, but I don't see how it can be accomplished.