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.
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Have you ever been a part of bullying in school? How did it make you feel?
I have seen someone getting bullied. I guess you could say I stood up for them. It made me feel rotten inside knowing that people were so cruel to say such mean things about anyone. Hristina
People were talking about me and I could hear them and it made me angry as if people thought I was stupid. Jamani
No, we have a strict policy against this. Citlali
One time at lunch, two kids were pulling my hair and my friend's hair. They were saying mean things to us, too. We told our teacher and she sent us to their classroom to tell their teacher. It hurt my feelings and it hurt my hair. Gabriella
Yes, we were ignoring a girl on purpose. I felt bad leaving her out of the rest of the group. I got to know her better, and so did my friends. We started to talk to her and now we are all close friends. Alexys