Why am I the only one who questions the fallacy of having the school day packed with nonstop classes (save for lunch), with no study halls, etc.
When I graduated from high school 40 years ago, we were in school a bit less than kids are now (6-1/2 hours) with approximately 4-1/2 hours of classes, 1/2 hour or 45 minutes for lunch, with the balance taken up by study hall, gym, etc. Yet despite this “deficiency” in our school day, we learned more than kids do now. Even more amazing, we entered college actually knowing how to read and write and do Math at least through Geometry or Algebra II and ready to plunge into Calculus. And did I mention we didn’t have standardized tests, thereby freeing teachers to teach content, rather than “teach to the test”?
Nowadays kids are pushed from class to class for 4 years, taking 4 years of English and Math, but come out knowing nothing, often having to take remedial reading or Math courses when they enroll in college (and to boot, can’t even do the simplest math calculations without a calculator).
I’m not making this stuff up, for I’ve seen it first hand as one who taught HS Math for a year, and have been teaching college Math since then.
Clearly, something’s wrong with this picture!