Today’s New York Times “room for debate” features longer school days. Since this is one of the most frequently touted education reforms, I wanted to recommend this point/counterpoint discussion.
Admittedly, you won’t read anything new here. Leaders of charter school programs for disadvantaged kids advocate longer hours, and their results back them up. Other commentators ask whether longer hours really benefit children whose afternoons would otherwise be filled with sports, or arts programs, or even just quality time with Mom and Dad? Some also ask, sensibly, whether we have the resources to pay for those extra hours.
Once again, I worry that a reform that works very well for some students, some teachers, and some communities will be imposed uniformly — and unilaterally.
What do you think about longer school days?
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