Advocating For A Longer School Year

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Although children are no longer expected to work on farms in the summer, the school year calendar still reflects an Agrarian society. However, a bipartisan Time for Innovation Matters in Education Act was proposed in both houses of congress which would enable states to get support for a longer school year.

If it passed, states could apply for grants for expanded learning time initiatives that could add at least 300 hours to the school year for underperforming schools. Local districts and state education agencies will decide how to utilize the hours – most likely for core academics and enrichment. Many charter schools showing improved achievement already use extended hours.

An article in Education Week quotes Mike Honda, democrat of California, former teacher, principal and school board member, that it’s not just about schools but changing the mindset of the public about public education– 6 hour days, 180 days a year. Closing the achievement gap needs more time for learning.

Reported By Dr. Marciene Mattleman, KYW Newsradio

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  • Desiree

    Adding extra hours or weeks will not work. Those who want to learn will. Those who do not will be a problem for the rest of the class. And since Philly public schools have a hard time transferring children with behavior problems to a more proper learning environment, we will continue to fall behind. When parents decide to be friendly and bribe their children into behaving, yet don’t instill them with the importance of learning, we will continue to fall behind. We need to create a nation of learners and you can’t get that with changing the school calendar. If the culture of responsibility and learning exists in a child’s life, at home and at school, we can have an intelligent, skillful workforce for the future.

  • Dave K

    (We are BEHIND the rest of the industrial world when it comes to education.)

    Exactly how are we behind. Look at completion rates for those genius countries that we lag behind. What is the percentage of those in China who begin first grade and graduate from high school in 12 years. How about India, what the completion rate for these countries. Compare apples to apples, not mythical ideas that have no merit

  • bottomline

    Under performers will under perform regardless of the time spent in school. To put it kindly, this a ludicrous idea.
    It would be more beneficial for our school system to accept the facts of life and get these under performers out of the schools as early as possible, especially those with obedience issues. Removing the under performers would increase the quality of the educational experience for the average children and reduce costs at the same time. Not all people were designed to be Einstein’s – live with it.

  • J.Dalton Green

    The USA has been DUMBING DOWN EDUCATION for the last 30 years, thanks to the outdated teaching methods of the TEACHERS UNIONS. Eliminate field trips should be restricted to Saturdays, not school days. Kids should be focused on education 8-10 hours day, 5 days week, 45-46 WEEKS A YEAR. Holidays should be the same a the business world, 1-2 days maximum off. I would like to see ON-LINE NATIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS for HS kid. Eliminate school buildings, school teachers, administrators. If they can issue a College Degree ON-line, why not high school? Todays teaching methods are stuck in 1965 before computers were invented.

    • Tred

      brilliant…let’s have our 8 year olds in class 8 -10 hours a day, 45-46 weeks a year. forget about camp or playing outside with friends. My children are in 1st and 3rd grade and it is not in their best interests to be in school all day/ all year.
      Do you really believe that 14-18 year old HS kids will sit home and do work on the computer? Who exactly is monitoring them? Who’s home with them?
      Also, the teacher’s unions do not dictate teaching methods or curriuculum in school districts. You know little about what you are commenting on

      • JustMe

        Agree 100%!!!!

  • Thomas

    More of a failure is still a failure.

  • Maggie

    And yet the first thing our governor does is cut spending for education…

  • SJ

    Just because quantity increases doesn’t mean quality will.

  • grumpy

    Something has to change. We are BEHIND the rest of the industrial world when it comes to education.

    • PO'D

      VERY WELL said grumpy, some of the dummies who made the comments above need to pull their heads out of their a$$es. My kids are grown and NO, I’m not a teacher!

      This country is SOOOOO far behind the times, when it comes to educating our youth!! If this country is to survive globally, they need to get the BEST education available.

      To be “bold” enough to say getting “RID” of the “under performers” is a bunch of BS….Guess what, both of my daughters graduated from Penn, but THAT DOES NOT MEAN that I don’t care about the “under performing” kids taht might just need a little guidance from HOME!!! WAKE UP IDIOTS!!, we were ALL kids once!!

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