Sunday, June 14, 2009

Are longer school days the answer to school improvement?

Education Secretary Arne Duncan says longer school days, weeks, and years will improve learning

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is pushing for longer school days and school years nationwide, but some critics say that more time in the classroom will not be the boost students need to compete globally. "You'll notice in Indian and Chinese schools, the students spend a lot more time on task," said Bob Compton, creator of "Two Million Minutes," a global education documentary. "American schools have more study breaks, and the classes are generally shorter. Instead of increasing the school day, the bigger question is: Are we teaching the right subjects for students to compete in the 21st century?" eSchool News

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