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Letter: Bad education practice

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 29 2010   /  10:58 am

Can anyone from the Indonesian Education Ministry please explain to this teacher why it is good and effective educational practice to expose children to 80-minute classes? Good grief, a university lecture only goes for 60 minutes, and today, many university students are incapable of concentrating for that length of time. How can we expect 12-year-old children to do better than them and endure 80 minutes at one time in a classroom?A university lecture normally goes for one hour. Most public addresses go for one hour. In 25 years of teaching and lecturing around the world I only ever lectured or taught for one hour at a time. When I was a classroom teacher it was, and still is common practice to have classes of no more than 50 minutes’ duration. Occasionally there may be a double period, but no more than three a week — and not continuously throughout the day. Why then, in the name of r...