Editor Zak Koeske email@example.com
10:55 pm on Friday, June 15, 2012
PS- Today I learned some interesting information. Mr. Watson made an error in saying elementary schools currently get 1 hour and 10 minutes for lunch. According to my sources, they have never gotten that long. That being said, let's analyze the rest of the data here before squeezing the kids any further.
Exactly, Zak. The School Report Card indicates instructional time per day, but they define "instructional time" as time spent with certified staff. This brings me back to my point, which is that most districts provide students with more than Fair Lawn does for music and art. I am confident that a thorough investigation would reveal that our students already get MORE REAL 'instructional' time than the average. Mr. Watson speaks directly to our elementary schools, so I will too. How many districts only have 35 minutes of art and music per week? In addition, how many of these districts have terminated all librarians? In Fair Lawn, we celebrate our success, but our elementary kids are being squeezed to a near breaking point. All they have left is recess! I am seriously concerned about this and how it affects student burn-out. By the time kids get to middle-school, many may lose energy and confidence. In my opinion, kids need MORE time for art and music; they certainly need their recess. I wish Mr. Watson would extend his interest in providing appropriate 'instructional' time to further investigating the # of minutes schools in surrounding areas IN BERGEN COUNTY provide for recess, art, music and library. I would venture to guess our town provides MORE REAL INSTRUCTIONAL TIME than MOST.
Really? Can we see verification of this data? All that is published for public viewing is the length of school day. There is no reference to the # of minutes given for special subjects, lunch, etc. Who had the time to call every district in the state to verify this information? As it is now, Fair Lawn kids are being pushed to the breaking point - to tears - from pressure with tests and lack of 'breathing' time throughout the school day.
I - for one - would like to see proof of this data.
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