Minute math

April 2, 2009 

Regarding the March 25 article "Wake schools may shorten a day":

Besides the nightmares that a weekly shortened school day would create for many Wake County parents, does the school board really think that the 10 minutes a day would contain any valuable learning time that would make up for a lost hour of class time? Our high school students would lose 15 minutes per class one day a week and gain 2.5 minutes per class each of the other days.

Does skipping dinner once a week so you can have an extra bite of food at each of your other meals make sense? No! This would be a serious loss of quality educational time. Nothing will be accomplished in the extra 2.5 minutes of each class. The math may work out in theory for the total number of educational hours, but quantity does not equal quality.

Jeanne Hahn


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