How many hours do you think the school day should be? I hear a lot of talk about lengthening they school day from those "activist" types who want to dictate what should go on in education, but don't work in the field. Personally, I think the day should be shorter for the younger kids. Our first and second grades are in school for 6.5 hours. There is a three hour block after lunch that is just ridiculous. Even with a recess, they steadily get more and more difficult later in the day. If you spend all of your time trying to control behavior, how can you actually teach? I really don't think the seven and eight year olds have a long enough attention span for 6+ hours of school. Some do, but the majority really haven't developed that yet.