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Children react badly to a bad curriculum so the Standardisto solution is to give them more of the same.]

Published in New York Times
03/30/2007

To the editor

Re âFailing Schools See a Solution in Longer Dayâ (front page, March 26):



When are they going to wake up and get it right? They can make the school day 24 hours if they like, and nothing will substantially change.



I taught elementary school for 30 years and noticed that as the school day progresses only one thing basically happens to kids: they get tired!



If you really want to improve public education, rather than increasing the length of the school day, it would be better to decrease class size. Teachers would then have more of a chance to administer individual instruction during class time, to all children. There wouldnât be many chances to tune out, and more work of real value would be accomplished.



Children need time to be children. Theyâre not going to get it in a nine-hour school day.



Those who hate school will only hate it more. Most of the other children will be burned out by the time they reach high school. And when will there be time to do homework?



Kathleen Crisci


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