The New York Times recently reported that the Obama administration is looking to lengthen the school year. While it is true, as Education Secretary Arne Duncan says, that “Our school calendar is based upon the agrarian economy and not too many of our kids are working the fields today,” does it stand to reason that lengthening the school year is the answer to academic achievement? And should schools be pushed to lengthen their school year just because Obama and Duncan say that our kids need more school because kids in other nations have more school?
The Center took a look at the research around more time in school. Simply put, more time in and of itself is not a magic bullet. If schools are to add more time, then that time must be focused on academic activities and teachers must be trained to use more time effectively. Find out what else the research says by going to the Center’s guide, Making time: What research says about reorganizing school schedules. ~ Pamela Karwasinski