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LENGTHEN SCHOOL DAY AND YEAR

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I read with interest your editorial on the lengthening of the school day and school year.

As a retired school teacher, I was always upset at the number of days that a student would miss for "extracurricular" activities. Few, if any, student would make any effort to find what they had missed in the class work. Since these students were gone for approved activities, the absence was not recorded as part of their records.As a society, we have became so involved in the social and sport life of our schools that we have forgotten the purpose of the public school. Small wonder the number of "home schools" are increasing. Small wonder that enrollment in schools that maintain strict standards is increasing.

Now I am not against sports or cultural activities. They are needed and essential. But basic knowledge of history, the sciences, the humanities is much more essential.

Lorin M. Bailey

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