Mental health days are badly needed

Canceling classes to allow faculty and students to handle the stress caused by the pandemic is long overdue (“Schools Cancel Classes to Give Techers and Students Mental-Health Days,” The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 25).  But I maintain that even before the pandemic, mental health was given too little attention.

In fact, I wonder if the school year and school day themselves are not far too long.  So much of the time spent in school amounts to little more than glorified babysitting.  What would happen if we shortened both? 

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