"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Saturday, January 22, 2011

How about a 21-hour school day?

Sent to the Washington Post, Jan 21

It is inspiring to read that so many educators, inspired by the hard-driving KIPP schools, are pushing for a longer school day and school year ("Efforts to extend school day, year reignite debate" Jan. 20). Proposals to extend the school day by 30 minutes, however, fall far short of what is needed.

Let's push ahead and consider an even longer day.

A study published in the Journal of Irreproducible Results in 1991 concluded that a 21-hour school day is optimal, with continuous classes and no breaks, except for two breaks for meals and one lavatory visit. Among the many advantages would be fewer discipline problems and quieter classrooms because of sleep deprivation, which "lessened the students' rebellious impulses."

The researchers also intend to do studies to determine whether food is really necessary for school children.

Stephen Krashen

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