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.



Blogger Joseph said...

I agree, it certainly seems odd to expect certain things from kids, that we wouldn't expect from adults (who, one might suppose, could handle more). Blood sugar levels and ability to focus are not easily seperated. Also, running around is an important part of childhood- I do not have any suggestions for fixing the problem- but I just thought that you should know that a young single male with no children understands (on some level) and agrees with you.

4:36 PM  
Blogger Darlin' Joy said...

try homeschooling!

5:27 PM  
Anonymous mike said...

First of all, 11:00 to 4:00 is only 5 hours.. she'll be aiight. Second, 30 minuits of recess is a generous ammount. I don't remember getting that much when I was in elementary school, and then in middle school we didn't get any. I do agree with you however, on the homework issue.. They do tend to go overboard with that. And also, as far as your daughter eating too slowly to be abe to finish in 20 minuits.. Well, yes, 20 minuits is a bit short. BUT.. Today's world is a very high paced one, and if she wants to survive in it, shes gonna have to learn how to scarf down a meal on the run every once in a while. Thanks for reading.. and visit my website! www.mikeconn.com

11:56 AM  

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