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Published: Tuesday, Jan. 14 2014 12:00 a.m. MST

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Steve Cottrell
Centerville, UT

Governor Christie is right about the need for more instructional time. Those countries with which we are regularly compared in international testing programs all have school years longer than ours and most have longer days. By the time their students are in the 11th or 12th year, when most of the testing is administered, most of them have had about one more year of school than our students have.

Southern, UT

To Steve: Most also have selective policies by the time students reach middle school. I propose going the other way. Let kids be kids a little and learn be actually doing. By the time an 8-year old goes to 7 hours of school and does an hour of homework, there is no time for real play. That is why they turn to the electronics. It is a quick fix. When they have time to play, really play, they will learn at astronomical levels. But if you want robots who pass tests, extend the school day (daycare), the school year (daycare) all you want.

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