Re: “Schedule changes make sense” (letter, 4-3).
I don’t believe the 30 years the writer spent teaching were in the math department. His recommended schedule of six 50-minute periods between 9 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. does not allow time to go from one class to the next and allows only 15 minutes for lunch.
The goal should be to give the students a quality education. That can’t happen if they have far less than 50 minutes total time in each class and little to no time to eat and have a break in the middle of the day.
Part of the education process is to develop a work ethic in the student by being to class on time every day and ready to start learning. This will help students realize that their future employer will also expect them to be at work every day, on time and ready to work.
An 8 a.m. start time to the school day is not unreasonable. I’ve been coming to my place of employment for more than 26 years at 8 a.m. Six years in the Army had a much earlier start to the day.
My father taught in the public school system for 33 years. He had to be in his classroom by 7:15 a.m. every day.
Neither school life nor real life should be “dumbed down” for students.