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We could re-instate recess, including for teenagers, who need free time also to unwind. Why not give them a half hour in the morning and one in the afternoon, as well as a longer lunch time? Without long enough breaks, the kids are completely exhausted by 2:30. Right now teachers have barely enough time to plan and grade work, and people have no idea how important that is. Teachers haul that stuff home and they shouldn’t have to. If you make the day 8 to 5, it shouldn’t be to add more academics into the day unless they are needed. You can hire teachers to teach more art, music, and vocational track inservice, and more playground supervisors for free time.

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