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[Susan notes: This isn't published--yet--but they'd be crazy not to publish this great piece.

Next, we can propose eating the children a la Jonathan Swift.]

Submitted to Santa Monica Daily Press but not published

To the editor

Let's push ahead.

It is inspiring to read all the articles in the media about the administration's plans for longer school days. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is especially impressed by the hard-driving KIPP schools, which require three hours more per day than average, in addition to school every other Saturday, and school for three weeks during the summer.

Let's push ahead, expand the school day for all children, 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.


O'Neal, R. and Hicks, L. 1991. The 21-hour school day. The Journal of Irreproducible Results, 36 (6): 17

Stephen Krashen

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