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Shorten the School Year

David1454 Wrote: Jun 13, 2012 10:03 AM
(1) A lot of bad stuff happens between the time when the kids get home and when the parents get home from work. A school problem? No, but an extended school day would help. (2) "Homework" is a bizarre custom. Why should kids have to spend a couple hours at night supplementing what is taught in school? Why not have separate sessions for study, repetition, problem solving, and Q&A, BUILT INTO THE SCHOOL DAY? (3) "School sports" is a tradition of very dubious value that schools in Europe and Asia seem to do fairly well without. Get rid of them. (4) The loss of learning that occurs in June, July, and August is a crime. Short-day Summer sessions could be very beneficial in moving the students forward. If the schools have A/C.
everyonesfacts4u Wrote: Jun 13, 2012 12:00 PM
Agree with #1. Of course, after school programs already exist in many (most?) elementary schools.
#2 makes sense at the early grades. I think less so at the upper grades where doing things yourself should be a part of the experience. (Although studies do show this is where the income gap does come into play)
#3 Like sports, especially intramural. But I do find that having students play 2 games a week and then stick around for the next game (i.e. varsity watching jv or vice versa is a waste of time)

#4 Is true. Summer reading loss is pretty much why inner city schools are behind suburban schools.
504Cajun Wrote: Jun 13, 2012 10:15 AM
Remember, these are kids, just like you and I once were. We get burned out and so will they. The problem is the culture. We don't bring much value to education anymore. Also, as we enter the job market most businesses want experienceed workers. How can you get experience when you are in college to get the degree which is almost useless. The reason I say useless is because I've worked with people that have the degree or book knowledge but not one sliver of common sense to apply all this knowledge. We waste so much time in schools with book work with very little application in college for some degree programs.This needs to be balanced better.

Vincent Gray, who is the mayor of Washington, D.C., which has some of the worst public schools in America, has an idea he believes will improve them: Keep children there longer.

"It is time for us to get rid of what I think is an agrarian concept," Gray told a Washington radio station this spring, "and that is the days, in the 19th century, when it was thought that children had to get home early to help out with the chores, when they had to get out of school in June and go back at the end of the summer...