This is something that has bothered me for awhile. Why aren’t the hours kids in school
(1st - 12th) like the hours parents work. *-4 or 9-5, with two breaks during the day, including lunch.
Of course, thinking back to my educational days, the clock seemed to be stuck as it approached the 2:30 mark.
I read in some advertisement " Love. The Anti Drug" ( It’s on page 146, People’s Sept 13 issue. www.theantidrug.com)) it has a stat that “between 4-6pm is when kids are most likely to try drugs. So keep them busy. Encourage them to try out for the basketball team or school play… What matters is your involvement.”
Well, hello there is a gap of a couple of hours from when school gets out and when Mommy and Daddy get home from work.When the kids are to old for latch key and do you really want them home alone without a watchful eye before they are 90, what do you do? Why not keep them in a (forget Columbine and Jonesboro for a moment) safer and more secure inviroment with adult supervision and constructive things to do. They could have study time or run-around-till-your-exhausted-time…something other than veggin’ in front of the TV or hanging out with a bunch of other kids wondering what it would be like to smoke a cig or play doctor.
I think that if schools adapted a more business like system, it would relieve the parents of “what if” in those long hours before they get home of what can happen to their kids. Maybe the schools could add a couple extra courses or open gym time to encourage group activity.
What do you think?
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