If a week is a long time in politics, then 40 years in education is several lifetimes. I have seen many changes in this time.
When I started teaching in 1978, there was a morning interval, an afternoon interval and at least an hour-long lunch break.
I never really understood the logic of the drive in the 1980s for a shorter day, removing afternoon break and cutting lunchtime to 50 or even 40 minutes. I know it will be defended by colleagues citing a lack of resources for supervision and potential for hijinks, but the system lost out with this shortening of the day.
Lunchtime, in particular, ...