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Friday, February 24, 2006

School year length

Do we need additional school days, or do we need to better utilize the time we have (or both)?

A recent article in the Daily Home examined this question. The article made reference to one research article germane to the topic. You can see a summary of that article, entitled "Quantity Matters: Annual Instruction Time in an Urban School System," at this location.


At 10:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've seen this throughout my career as an educator. Too many other things rival quality, consistent instructional time. Even the planned weather, professional development,and other "out" days interfere with the consistency of learning. On the days just before and after the kids are "out", the mementom is gone. It's almost like restarting after each "out" day.


At 11:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too feel we could make better use of the days already in our calendar. As I understand it, the five extra proposed days will be added to the end of our school year. It makes little sense to add those days after the SAT and other tests have already been taken.

At 3:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lee Roberson says: I don't understand how adding days to the end of the year increases learning. We all know that most of the "real" learning of the year takes place before Spring fever hits. After SATS, no one is working at full potential. If they are insistent upon more days, these days need to be added at the beginning of the year.

At 9:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Estelle thinks:
Every year there's something new. More days or less days, the students who acheive and have parental support will continue to grow and grasp knowledge with or without more days. The students who have little parental support and struggle in school will continue to struggle with or without more days.


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