The average student spends about 1,400 hours in school every
year. That's a lot of time devoted to mastering reading, writing
and arithmetic. But any student (former or current) knows that
school is about much more than academics. During the school day,
kids interact with teachers and peers, eat together, engage in
extracurricular activities, explore their talents and navigate lots
of new life experiences.
Today's kids are busy.
We wanted to hear what Chicago-area kids really think about
school (the good and the not-so-good). So we assembled a panel of
14 kids between the ages of 7 and 13 to talk about what goes on at
their schools. This is what they had to say.