How long do you figure it takes for a child to eat his lunch? 11 minutes sound long enough? Because that's how long children are getting according to this report. Actually... I think this is an overestimate, or at least it would be in some local schools.
What the lunch duty people do not want is children being done with their food and thinking of other stuff to do. If there's nowhere for the children to go after eating, the school is going to schedule the shortest block of time possible and call it good. They don't want food fights, bullying or just bad behaviour in general. Crunch those kids for time, move 'em through quickly and who cares if they digest well? Just so long as there isn't a fistfight on my watch, is what they're likely thinking.
Elf is a very big eater but often he won't pack this or that for school because he reasons he simply won't have time to eat it. Or his apple will be half-eaten and thrown away or just come home again bruised up, so what's the point?
I think a bigger issue than the 11-minute meal is the overcrowding in the cafeteria. I don't know about you, but I wouldn't be able to eat crammed in the middle of a room full of noisy teens. No way. I want a quiet place and maybe only just my family or a few friends about. I can't even eat in a crowded restaurant. I don't mind people so much but the elbow-to-elbow thing doesn't work for me.