Longer lunch period proves an effective motivation for Ogden teens

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 3, 2012 12:12 a.m.

    Another example of American children living in a controlled environment with little freedom of choice. Making children accountable to multiple choice tests and state requirements is foolish, and is putting us behind as a nation.

    We've spend more money on education then any country, but keep falling behind.

  • Orem Parent Orem, UT
    Jan. 2, 2012 8:37 a.m.

    2 cents I can never tell if you are being sarcastic or not when you post about education articles. I seriously hope you are. You make school sound worse than jail.

    Congrats to Ogden for trying something new and finding out that it works.

    I believe Orem high has this exact same program going on but I don't know any specific data to confirm if it is working as well.

    A majority of our high school students are responsible soon to be adults. When treated as such, they act accordingly. I have found this to be true of most students at any age.

    One of the main problems is the older generation crying about how bad the younger generation is. I believe this has gone on since the beginning of time. If you take the time to get to know some of these younger kids you will find out they are pretty incredible and they are going to do great things for us and the world.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Jan. 2, 2012 5:23 a.m.

    Bad idea to motivate for wrong reasons. Teenagers don't need socializing because they already get plenty of socializing in and out of schools during class time with cell phones at the ready.

    This idea will balloon to a major problem of teachers pet program and racism by those who use race for entitlement demands. Teenagers don't need more time to waste and if education is so well organized they don't need the teachers and class time anymore then close down some schools. But from all reports on education, they are far from being minimally optimal and this will worsen morale of students and more expectations of leniency to authority for other dislikes student may have. Giving students time to waste without supervision is a poor reward systems that is a red flag.

    Why is there a tardiness problem to begin with? What is the schools doing wrong they don't want education? Schools should be in lock-down during lunch and free periods to keep unwanted outsiders and strangers from disrupting and endangering students. It undermines the police and security in schools. Students should not be allowed to leave the grounds at anytime during the day, jobs or not.

  • beetdiggingcougar Vancouver, WA
    Jan. 1, 2012 11:16 p.m.

    Much better idea than stupid fines paid by rich parents at schools in my former school district. And it works? Amazing.