2 years ago, I was absolutely LIVID when my bff's son was "in trouble" for talking at lunch time. School prepares us for the real world, theoretically. Ok, so in the real world, your lunch time is YOUR time. Period. You can choose to work through lunch, sometimes you have a working lunch where your boss pays for lunch while you have a meeting or whatever. But on a day to day basis, lunch is a BREAK. But yeah, St Amant Elementary employs that as a standard rule, everyday, no talking at lunch. I told my bff to MOVE and get him out of that stupid school asap. She moved, and he LOVED and excelled in a much better, higher performing school in Keller (our district at the time) after that. We've since moved, but I'm glad to see my "nephew" doing well and loving school again. In my opinion, that is total b.s. and it would be a good reason for me to put my children in a private school with some rules that made sense, or homeschooling. Sheesh, sorry this came off so "firm", but I really feel strongly about the things they're doing with children at some schools---taking away recess, no talking at lunch, how many minutes everyday is spent standing still and silent in a line, PE just a couple days a week in some schools, BLECH. For the birds!