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A Matter Of Time


Don't forget the fact that any success a charter might claim must be analyzed with the knowledge that they probably kicked out the lowest performing students, bringing into question the validity of any research on longer school days/years in charters, especially KIPP where we know they kick kids out. Also, any fix that ignores the impact of generational poverty will do little or nothing to fix what the reformers claim needs fixing. Poverty prevents learning, and that's what we are seeing. We are not seeing the results of short days/years or crappy teachers.

Regardless of hours, teacher quality is the factor with the single greatest influence on student learning (besides the level of a mother's education). Hanushek has some pretty convincing research to back up that claim. Yes, elongating the school day and the school year will help - and, like you said, it will be expensive. It may be even more expensive if the school carefully selects the teachers and pays them an extra salary stipend equivalent to their value. Janet |

There is always one part of the argument about longer days that gets missed: it's not the length of the school day as much as it is about what happens in the time kids are there. What if there were a way to increase the actual learning time in the school, without having to make the day longer (which as the article points out, also would increase costs through teacher pay, overhead/maintenance, etc)? If you interested in the answer to this question, I invite you to visit Just because we lengthen the school day or year, does NOT mean our kids will do better. - Corinne Gregory Author, "Education Reform & Other Myths"

Isn't it also true that the US has the highest amount of teacher-student time in the world? Other places have less teacher-student time and more focus on collaboration and grading, etc. Well written.


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