Will students learn more if they spend more time in school? Massachusetts is giving schools an extra $1,300 per student to add 25 to 30 percent more time on instruction in core subjects, enrichment classes and teacher training.
Salemwood Elementary has added two hours to the school day. Some students like the change, reports the Christian Science Monitor.
. . . Yaritza Cajiao, says she likes having extra time for gym, computer class, and homework help. “My grades are getting way better … and my mom’s really proud of me because I pay attention in class more,” she says. “I used to ask her for a lot of help, but with the longer day I can ask my teachers.”
Students now have 90 minutes of math every day (two extra hours a week compared with last year), and 120 minutes of English Language Arts (one extra hour a week).
Teachers, who get paid more for teaching a longer day, like it. Parents do too: In a survey at three of the pilot schools, 77 percent of parents said their child was doing better in school. Of course, the longer day also is a convenience for working parents.