thirteen grades

I propose another year of middle school for kids. I propose that kids go to school 13 years before they graduate.

When I was a kid, we didn’t have homework in elementary school. Nothing except the odd project or reading. Today, second graders come home with two or three pages of homework. They’re putting in overtime, and that’s just not right.

If we added another year to middle school, the younger kids could concentrate on the basics of learning. The middle schoolers could regain study halls, so they wouldn’t have to take as much work home. The quality of children’s lives would go up.

We live longer now. We can afford for childhood to last a little longer. Graduating high school as a 19 year-old could be the last good thing we do for children against their wishes. It would be the last night of having to go to bed at 9:30, or being forced to eat vegetables.

They’ll thank us when they get older.

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