a parent’s thoughts about school, in iowa city and beyond
Here's a recent discussion about this issue:How Much Time to Eat Lunch?
Thanks, FedUpMom. Notice that nothing in that thread disproves the hypothesis -- fifteen minutes seems to be the lower boundary. And at our school, if you're the last kid in line, you'll often get only ten minutes to eat. I've heard similar reports from other schools in the district as well.
I had a bunch of international friends during my undergraduate years. They didn't understand why all of their American friends ate their meals in under 15 minutes.After age 5-18 in public schools, it becomes a habit.
Stoz -- I've gotten that same reaction from people with international backgrounds when I've told them about the fifteen-minute lunch. Disbelief.Maybe the short lunches are designed to prepare the kids for the minimal vacation time they'll be allowed to take as adults.
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