Longer School Days?

President Obama has suggested that schools need are longer days. Some charter schools in fact do use longer days, and longer school years. But if they’re added to the traditional school system, the only sure result will be higher expenses.

One education analyst looks at the idea and finds it wanting:

“Extending the school calendar without making improvements to the curriculum and teacher quality would simply subject students to additional hours of unproductive instruction. Indeed, high-performing countries are successful because they employ strong leaders, focus on measurable results, and maintain very high expectations for all teachers, parents, and students. Our public schools should focus on the same.”

As it turns out, in many successful countries, students spend fewer hours, not more, in class. Quality, not quantity.

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