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Sunday, January 23, 2011

No More Lunch at School!

Are you reading Valerie Strauss's blog? If you care about the stuff I talk about here, you should:
It is inspiring to read that so many educators, impressed by the hard-driving KIPP charter schools, are pushing for a longer school day and school year ("Efforts to extend school day, year reignite debate" Jan. 20). Proposals to extend the school day by 30 minutes, however, fall far short of what is needed.
Let's push ahead and consider an even longer day.
A study published in the Journal of Irreproducible Results in 1991 concluded that a 21-hour school day is optimal, with continuous classes and no breaks, except for two breaks for meals and one lavatory visit.
Among the many advantages would be fewer discipline problems and quieter classrooms because of sleep deprivation, which
"lessened the students' rebellious impulses."
The researchers also intend to do studies to determine whether food is really necessary for school children.
The Journal of Irreproducible Results is published by the Gates Foundation, I believe...

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