Interesting post John.
I often wonder about the way time is used in school and what we could add and what we could ‘lose’.
I’m not sure how much of a necessary skill handwriting is beyond being able to write legibly. Would that time be better spent coding, group working, doing the daily mile, etc?
Spelling is another thing I wonder about. When we teach children with dyslexic tendencies, we discuss what ‘work -arounds’ we offer and how technology makes it much less of an issue. Yet we spend and hour a week sometimes drilling and testing spelling.
I know what my thoughts are around using these times but what frustrates me is that there is never even a discussion.