For some school days are looking like they might get much longer up to 300 hrs longer. That is what five states are planning for 2013. the five states are Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Tennessee, This initiative which hopes to boost student achievement and make U.S. schools more competitive on a global level.The three-year pilot program will affect almost 20,000 students in 40 schools.Federal, state and district funds will cover the costs also the Ford Foundation and the National Center on Time & Learning will be making funds available.More time in the classroom will give students more time for the arts and help those that are falling behind that is the hope anyway.
There is some research suggesting students who spend more hours learning perform better.One study comes out of Harvard’s Roland Fryer he states that intensive tutoring and adding at least 300 hours to the standard school calendar.But A report last year from the National School Boards Association’s Center for Public Education disputed the notion that American schools have fallen behind in classroom time, pointing out that students in high-performing countries like South Korea, Finland, and Japan actually spend less time in school than most U.S. students.This is where I disagree with the National School Boards Association’s Center for Public Education schools in South Korea and Japan are very highly competitive from K thru 12 and beyond to get into the best schools the kids must prove themselves before they get in Family’s start prepping their children almost from birth as for homework they have 3 to 4 more than the children in the states, yes there are some schools that do this in the states but most if not all are private schools.
Can you just see the lawsuits if our public schools switched over to this it would have the counts locked up for years on end.
I’m not saying that we don’t need to do something about our schools system we do! and I do dearly hope this is the start of school reform here in the states