By Ben Velderman -
CHICAGO – It appears Common Core will soon be affecting the potty habits of students in one Chicago elementary school.
According to a faculty memo provided to Education Week blogger Anthony Cody, teachers in an unidentified Chicago pre-K-8 school are being instructed to sign up for a “restroom time slot” during which their entire class can use the facilities each day.
The specific daily time slot is designed to help “maximize student learning and reduce the loss of instructional time.” It will also prevent “multiple groups of students” from competing for use of “the facilities” at any one time, according to the memo.
The memo also informs teachers that potty breaks “should last only five minutes,” and encourages them to “use your watch or stopwatch to time the students and praise them when they meet the behavior and time expectations.”
There’s even a plan for those times when nature calls outside of a student’s scheduled five-minute time slot.
“In addition to scheduled restroom breaks, students will be given restroom passes to use if they need to use the restroom outside of the scheduled time,” the unnamed school principal writes in the memo. “Students will be given two restroom passes to use between now and the end of the quarter. They can choose to hold on to them and trade them in for a reward at the end of the quarter.”
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