Time and learning

In On the Clock, Education Sector’s Elena Silva analyzes the push to increase the school day and year, finding that “improving the quality of instructional time is at least as important as increasing the quantity of time in school.” Not surprisingly, increasing “high-quality teaching time” is a significant help to “low-income students and others who have little opportunity for learning outside of school.”

Schools that succeed with disadvantaged students typically have a longer school day and often a longer year so kids who start behind have more time to catch up. But an unsuccessful school doesn’t get good by boring kids for another hour.

Lengthening the school day is under consideration in a number of cities and states. It’s the small schools of 2007.

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  1. Let’s try this time, however, to avoid the usual “one size misfits all” approach. Many kids have valuable extra-curricular activities in which they wish to participate after school. And not every student needs to take 4 AP classes.

    How about we reserve the extra time for students who are struggling or those who wish to undertake additiona coursework?


  1. […] and minority students the most, concludes an Education Sector study by Elena Silva, discussed here. But not all school time is learning time. Much of the school day, however, is filled with […]