April 19, 2012 |
School hours in the United States were developed during the 19th century, in part to allow students to help their families with farm work in the afternoon. We are no longer an agrarian economy, but most schools still get out around 3 p.m. It's time for a change: Schools should remain open until 5 or 6 p.m. The result would be better-educated students and less-stressed parents. A longer school day, especially if combined with other steps such as intensive tutoring and frequent feedback to teachers from administrators, could improve academic...
April 26, 2012
Regarding the April 24 Metro article about a longer school day in some Prince George's County schools [" A little more time before the last bell "]: While many people assume that teachers spend most of their day engaged in classroom instruction, many years of classroom experience have taught me that the opposite is true: Effective teachers spend most of their working hours outside the classroom. Why? Because the magic in the classroom is not magic; it's the result of hours of careful preparation.
September 23, 2011 |
LENGTHENING CHICAGO'S notoriously short school day is a linchpin of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's agenda to improve the city's public schools. Lining up behind the idea are parents, the city's political and civic leadership, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and — significantly — many teachers, who think it will help them and their students. The only opponent of this sensible plan is the teachers union. Upset that teachers at a growing number of schools are taking Mr. Emanuel (D) up on his offer of a bit of extra money for...
December 10, 2009 |
The noisy chatter associated with an elementary school assembly quickly came to a halt Friday afternoon as Manassas Ballet Theatre dancers emerged onto a small stage in Potomac View Elementary School's cafeteria. Dancer Vadim Slatvitskiy, dressed in white with a ballerina lifted onto his shoulder, glided with ease to center stage. Mesmerized, the students began the "oohs" and "aahs" as they got a sneak peek at the ballet company's rendition of the holiday classic "The Nutcracker.
June 7, 2009 |
My second-grade daughter went to school the other day and made potions in her Harry Potter class. My son's class of fourth- and fifth-graders wrote movie scripts, filmed them and learned how to edit them on the computer. At their Alexandria public school, my kids have learned how to sail, designed entire cities in cardboard, built skyscrapers with toothpicks and marshmallows, performed in a musical and built and set off rockets on the front lawn. They've created passports and had them stamped after...
May 15, 2008 |
At a time when home is not always a sanctuary and the streets are claiming so many of their peers, students have formed a prayer club at Ballou Senior High School, where they come together before the bell rings for breakfast and help from above. "When you wake in the morning and are mad and you are upset, you can come in and have some Gospel and some prayer, and have a happy day," said LaShell Frye, 17, an honors student who took part in the first gathering of the group last month.