Robert Hansen (RH) posted Jan 13, 2013 11:23 PM (GSC's remarks at end): > A push for year round school... > > http://news.yahoo.com/longer-school-help-hurt-us-stude > nts-131056148.html > > "Proponents argue that too much knowledge is lost > while American kids wile away the summer months apart > from their lessons. The National Summer Learning > Association cites decades of research that shows > students' test scores are higher in the same subjects > at the beginning of the summer than at the end. > > The research is very clear about that," said Charles > Ballinger, executive director emeritus of the > National Association for Year-Round School in San > Diego. "The only ones who don't lose are the upper 10 > to 15 percent of the student body. Those tend to be > gifted, college-bound, they're natural learners who > will learn wherever they are." > > First off, I am not against more time in school for > those that need it and can benefit by it. But it > needs to be optional. Why not bring back summer > school? In that model, a student could be told to > attend if they were struggling, or attend if they or > their parents felt it would help. > > Also, we need options. The other countries we keep > comparing ourselves to have half their kids going off > on vocational career paths. > > At least Ballinger realizes understands the notion of > college bound. > > Bob Hansen > Terrific! This is *effective* problem solving at its best!
Why not, while they're about it, run school 24x7, i.e., for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - for ALL 365 days of the year?
THAT would surely do the needed trick!
I guess no one will ever think of trying to make the process of 'learning + teaching' more effective? THAT is surely beyond anyone's imagining!
RH prefers 'year-round school' to be entirely voluntary.
Haim remarked: "You sweet, naive man!"
I'd put it somewhat differently, but let it stand.