Leadership lived: Connie Sifuentes That's Why School Lessons Last 6 months ago   02:20

Connie Sifuentes is a leader in the Greek Life community at the University of Illinois Springfield. She currently serves as the president of the Greek Affairs Board where she advocates for Greek Life on campus. She says being a part of the Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc. Chi Chapter has helped inspire her to reach her full potential as a student. Outside of Greek Life, Sifuentes is marketing chair for the Psychology Club, volunteers as a Necessary Steps Program mentor and works for UIS Brookens Library as a communications and media assistant. Sifuentes says she’s often described as a “quite leader” who likes to see other people succeed. She’s thankful for the many opportunities she’s had to be a leader at UIS.

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That's Why School Lessons Last Leadership lived: Connie Sifuentes 6 months ago   10:11

Have you ever wondered why your classes are so long? If you’re sitting in class, bored out of your mind, wondering who came up with the idea of making the lesson so long, you’re about to find out!

Some people claim that 9-year-old children, for example, can concentrate for an hour. However, according to The Washington Post, physiologically, after just 20 minutes of sitting, the brain starts to receive less oxygen and glucose, which decreases concentration. We're about to tell you how class duration was determined and about the intense debate surrounding class timings, which started centuries ago and is still raging!

Who to blame for having to get up so early to head to school 0:59
How the 45-minute system was established 2:09
How the USA established their education system 4:43
The “A Nation at Risk” report 6:07
Strong debate 7:28

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- The educational system of the country you live in might have been inspired by the Prussian school system. So if you live in the United States, Germany, Finland, or the UK, you’re affected by the decisions Prussia made in the 19th century.
- Back then, critics weren’t so concerned about children having time to chill, but they were concerned that digestion seemed to cause an afternoon lull after lunch, preventing children from concentrating.
- The circadian clock expects you to digest food at certain times, so your energy levels dip between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
- In the US, the state of Massachusetts was trying to find the best educational approach. Horace Mann, the secretary of the Massachusetts Board of Education at the time, was trying to understand why children were so unruly at school.
- Massachusetts became the first state to provide all citizens with free education. During the next 66 years, all the other states followed its example and taught the Prussian way.
- In 1983, the US government called for education reform in the “A Nation at Risk” report. The report declared that the educational system was starting to slide.
- The conclusion was that schools would start to use computers and new software, but the system itself remains largely unchanged.
- The Prussian system has been adopted as a “one size fits all” approach, and it has been criticized for this reason. Not everyone learns at the same pace and with the same methodology because we’re all different!

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