For most Latter-day Saint congregations, the Sunday meeting schedule is this:
Sacrament meeting (~70m)Sacrament meeting, by general agreement, is the most important. Certainly, it's the most likely to go over.
Sunday School (~50m)
Priesthood / Relief Society / Young Women (~60m)
Sunday School, by general agreement, is the least important.
Result? Sacrament meeting goes over, people dally on their way to Sunday School, Sunday School gets shorter and shorter.
Many people, I should also point out, have a bad attitude about Sunday School. (This is not generally true in our ward where Sunday School is awesome.)
I'm currently teaching Sunday School to kids from age 12 to 14. It's a good class and I'm trying to be ambitious and really make this a class that ends up mattering. But it seems like the class just isn't long enough! It usually ends up being probably 30 minutes on a good week.
(Note: I might find this additionally frustrating because, professionally, my teaching periods are 100 minutes, so 30 is unfathomably slow.)
So I'm not sure what to do about this though. Not even sure what to feel about it. Even what questions to ask about the problem.
But I will say this: Sunday School is not a waste of fifty minutes. Sunday School can be awesome. It can be a highlight, both spiritually and intellectually, every week.
But how do we fit a highlight that inbetween two better respected meetings?
Tell, tell me do.