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How Many Hours Does Your Child Spend at School Each Day?

by john smither on 06/11/10 at 11:49 pm

Just how many hours does your child spend studying in school each day, and how many hours a week to they dedicate to homework?

If your child complains of feeling tired or overworked by their teacher or teacher’s then you could remind them of how difficult a day some students have in other areas of the world.

How many hours does your child spend at school each day?

 

Is their day as long as this?

 

Just how many hours does your child spend studying in school each day, and how many hours a week to they dedicate to homework?

 

If your child complains of feeling tired or overworked by their teacher or teacher’s then you could remind them of how difficult a day some students have in other areas of the world.

 

I have now worked in a number of school’s in various parts of China and I am still amazed at the high number of hours each student is expected to dedicate to their education each day. This for many is not just a Monday to Friday education system either, for many go to school seven days a week.

 

For many students (especially those living at the school) their  school day begins often before dawn with a call to all parade outside for the first of their daily exercise routines. Once they have had this wake up call it is off to breakfast before they have to go to their first class of the day. The school I know work at the reveille call is at 6.15am and it is so loud it is impossible to miss or sleep through.

 

The students must be in their classrooms ready for that first attendance check and daily pep talk by their teacher at 7.25am. Their first lesson begins at 8.00am and they then have 5 classes each of 40 minutes before a lunch break of about 2 hours 30 minutes. They are all expected to rest during this lunch break, many students I see during the morning also try to rest during their classes too.

 

Mid morning there is a second exercise session for the students, as well as this each class will have separate lessons of physical education and I regularly see groups of students being put through their paces on the running track.

 

At around 2.30pm classes resume for the afternoon and a further 4 classes. At that time the day students are allowed to leave for their homes nearby, all the residential students have a break for their dinner meal before returning to their classes once again for an evening study session. The evening study period is when many of the students can concentrate on their homework. They are then free to leave the classroom at a little after 10pm before the allotted time of lights out just 30 minutes later.

 

I am the first to admit I get it very easy here in China, my work routine is nothing like as severe as the one the students have. Despite the long hours and almost non stop studying many of the students remain happy to be in the school and when asked say it is boring when they get a rare opportunity to visit their homes.

 

This summer I worked at a summer school, thinking it would be a more relaxed attitude. Many of the students have so little time off and then for their parents to send them for additional schooling during what should be their summer break does seem to me to be unfair.

 

So remember when your child is about to mention how over worked they are in their school you could always threaten to send them to a new one in China.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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sangeeta das

Nov 7th, 2010

great share, I like it.

Raj the Tora

Nov 7th, 2010

Very true share. Children nowadays are busier than the busiest CEOs of multinationals. Something has to be done to this

vicki

Jul 29th, 2012

not true!! no student in the US has a 2 HOUR and 30 MINUTE lunch break. where are you getting your facts?

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