How many hours can learn a child?

@thebest1 (658)
Romania
October 5, 2010 12:43am CST
Hello,mylotters! Now school is started(from 15 sept in my country) and I can see how many hours has my daughter : 6 hours every day!!!I must to recognize that I'm angry! 6 hours?????With other 3 or 4 hours for homeworks that means that a child "work" with his mind almost 10 hours per day.Isn't it too much for a 13 years old kid(my daughter is 13 years old and she is in elementary school). For example,on Monday she has: Romanian language(is our native language),math,chemistry,biology,English language and history.She go to school at 12 pm and return at 6pm.Next day...she start again.What do you say about this program?
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@devijay78 (1575)
• India
5 Oct 10
Hi. You would be surprised to know that in India children from the age of 3+ have school for 5 hours minimum. my daughter is 3 years and has school from 8:30 a.m to 2 p.m. And as she gets into higher classes, the timings will also increase. She might have to attend school for about 7 hours. Plus all the extra curricular activities. This is the case throughout India. And as they grow older they have english I & II, Maths I & II, Language I & II(any local language or french or german in some schools), Science I & II(Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology), History and Geography apart from moral science, computer science and art classes. How about that? And this is how I studied too.
@thebest1 (658)
• Romania
5 Oct 10
Seems like in India you have same educational system like in my country.But don't you think that is too much?If a child wants to study to university,he will spend 17 years in school,working more than 8 hours per day...I think is too much.If he want to be a champions in one domain..let's say math or English,that say he don't have free time!
@devijay78 (1575)
• India
5 Oct 10
Yes. Sometimes it gets out of hand and both the parents as well as the kids feel pressurised. But the kids study all these subjects only till their 10th standars. That is, till they are 14. Then they can opt for the various groups which can help them to specialise as you pointed out. That would be for another two years of learning the basics of the subjects they want to specialise in and then it would be college for them. All the specialisations take place only in the 11th and twelth standard. Till then, it is general studies for them.
@advokatku (4037)
• Indonesia
5 Oct 10
In Indonesia, the hours of school starting from 7 am until 12 am, with break time of 30 minutes. This means that less is more, every day Indonesian students spend 5 hours to learn formally. Despite that, for the parents who are able, they are also required to attend extra classes outside school hours for 2 hours. This means, in general, Indonesian students learn about 7 hours each day. This does not include when at night, parents force them to learn more about 2 hours. So if you wonder if your child learn to 6 hours a day, Indonesian students doing more, learning in period time of 9 hours each day!
@thebest1 (658)
• Romania
5 Oct 10
Let's see: you say from 7am to 12am..that means 5 houts..with a break 30 min..are 4 and a half hour.Extra classes 2 hours..that means 6 and half hours.But I think thouse extra classes are about what a child like(for example math or English for my daughter).Our child spend at school 6 hours every day..so,same time.After that they have homeworks to do...here I don't talk about suplimentary studies lol(my daughter do it too)and these homework means other 2 or 3 hours.Can you work with your mind almost 10 hours per day,5 days per week???
@kodukodu84 (1576)
• Malaysia
5 Oct 10
Wow :O such a long hours! And they even take Chemistry and Biology at 13? I only had to choose that when I was 16, we have different subject from 13 to 15 years old. and less as well. Then more subjects after 15 years old but still being at school at the same amount as the younger. I dunno if other people agree with me but I must say that is a very long hours and unfair to kids. What if they get stressed out and tired at school? will they be able to handle that frustration better than an adult can? Wow even just working in the office and that we get paid for it, we still get stressed out with the work, get tired, bored, and sometimes sleepy. Poor kid! I hope your daughter can handle that and she can still have sometimes to have fun with her friends.
@thebest1 (658)
• Romania
5 Oct 10
Fun?Is hard lol!As long as you want to be very good.For example,my daughter is a very good kid,she win more competitions for math and she has 2 Cambridge diplome for Englinsh...is hard indeed!
@amelialsc (162)
• Malaysia
5 Oct 10
Seriously I felt that it is insane. Camping in school does not really increases their learning capability. I don't know why they want to implement it sometimes. I get really upset with the different policies each time the government implemented some stuffs which do not make any sense. I do have some of the schools over here that does that too. But luckily it is a special programmes for selected schools. I really like universities concept, whereby the students goes to class at that time. I really hate to be stuck in school myself during my earlier years.
@thebest1 (658)
• Romania
5 Oct 10
Here,in my country,aren't selected schools,so my daughter isn't so lucky lol!Thanks for your answer!
• United States
6 Oct 10
I started at a new school on the 25th of August, but since I only need one credit to receive my diploma I only go for four hours a day. At my old school, we went for 7 hours a day (six on thursdays), and each teacher assigned us anywhere from 20-45 minutes of homework. Seniors had the most homework, because we had all these thesis papers we had to do in order to meet state requirements for high school graduation. I remember going to school last year (I was a credit short, hence why I'm still in school) and then coming home to work on American Government homework for two hours, then spend another three hours on College Prep English, and STILL have homework for Algebra, Science, American History, psychology, Advanced Placement Music Theory, and practice for orchestra. It wasn't really all that bad, but I think it's because I got used to it. Then again, my grades slipped a bit, so I still need English and Algebra. Long story short, six hours isn't bad at all, even the elementary kids here are in school for seven or eight hours, plus all the homework.
• United States
6 Oct 10
My daughter is in 7th grade and I must say the pressure is immense! She has demands from all of her classes every day. She just started spanish and the teacher asks so much from them each and every day. I took 3 years of french and didn't work as hard as my daughter is at intro spanish. It is tough on kids today, they have so much pressure to do well and it seems their lives depend on it. I understand the importance of school but too much is based on testing where children aren't enjoying learning anymore and teachers can't be creative and get the kids really excited about school. Its all about money and funding and basing funds on kids grades is crazy! All kids need an education, the same education as every other child. It shouldn't depend on where they live. Kids need free time to enjoy life and play and just be kids! I don't overload my kids with too many activities outside of school, I think it places more pressure on them.
• Philippines
6 Oct 10
You still have to be thankful though because my child who is only SEVEN YEARS OLD and in Grade 2, has a daily class from 8AM to 2:40PM (that's already six hours and 40 minutes), and then he has to do his homework from 4PM to 6 or 7PM. I really don't like the school system in the Philippines now. They already have Division and Multiplication (with word problems) in Grade One. These kids are supposed to be enjoying their childhood!
• Philippines
5 Oct 10
I don't exactly how many hours can a child will learn. Sometimes it takes less than an hour and sometimes it takes more than hour. It depends the child's capabilities and subject to be taught. But remember, in learning, the child must focus and free from distraction. You must learn to keep them away to from distraction and as soon as you succeed, then you will harvest the fruits of your labor.
• Philippines
5 Oct 10
Actually in other country such as Korea, Koreans students study longer than this. For example, a middle school student would start studying at 7:30 a.m. then his entire class for the day will finish at 5 p.m. After that he'll go to Math academy and study there for 2 hours. Then he'll proceed to English academy and study again for 1 hour for his ESL classes. After that he'll go home and do his tons of homework for 2-4 hours. But if he has an examination the next day he's going to finish studying at 2a.m. which is already dawn. That schedule is only for weekdays. On Saturdays he's going to attend special classes in school like advance Math, English or computer class. Then in the afternoon he's going to attend a piano or flute lessons. But if you'll going to check his progress, it can be noted that there's only a little progress in his learning or most of the time there isn't any changes at all. Our human brain has only the capacity to grasp knowledge for only 8 hours maximum. Your daughter is still young to be stressed like this. I think she cannot concentrate more because there's also the possibility that she's deprived of sleep which is really essential for the brain.
@srganesh (6348)
• India
5 Oct 10
If the subject can be taught interestingly by talented teachers, a child will not feel any boredom on her/his part in the course of education. Unfortunately that is the major problem in our system of education. Well, we want them to score more marks than understanding the basics well. By the way, it is well known that humans can concentrate on a single subject for forty five minutes at a stretch and so there are periods on various subjects on a single day. My kids go to school at 9 am and return back at 3.30 pm.
• India
5 Oct 10
Hello best My grand kids are in high school, the school hours from 10am to 4pm, but they leave home for school at 9am and return 5pm by bus, too tired, they are given too much home work too, in morning a private tutor comes our home to coach them for one hour, is that not too much? Thanks for sharing. Cheers. Professor. .
@inu1711 (5288)
• Romania
5 Oct 10
It seems that nothing has changed since we were in primary school, ha? I remember we had the same program, from 12.00 to 18.00 or 19.00. I remember I was carrying a huge schoolbag full of books and notebooks. Not to mention the days when we had sporting classes and we had to carry the sport equipment. You know that school in Romania has a lot of minuses , and this kind of program is one of them. After 21 years of school in Romania, I still wonder why do we have to learn so much math ?
• Philippines
5 Oct 10
it Is in ours that are in 24 hours they have a lot of learning a child in 1 hours they have 1 subject in the morning and afternoon they have a lot of learning hour how to now all about etc. in one day we learned all about we learn the child so that the child will easy to get the problem in hour be careful,.,.,.
@jps2591 (14)
5 Oct 10
yeah, it's "Growing Paints" indid.
@jaiho2009 (39001)
• Philippines
5 Oct 10
Here in my country the school time goes same like yours. 6 hours in a day for 5 days in a week. And of course not to mention the homeworks when they get home,plus projects to accomplish with. This kind of schedule goes till the second level of education. The only short period of classes are given to pre-school which lasts for 2-3 hours,with more on playing too