How about a 21-hour school day?
Stephen Krashen, professor emeritus at the University of Southern California, wrote the following as a response to a Washington Post article by my colleague Nick Anderson about efforts to lengthen the school day.
By Stephen Krashen
It is inspiring to read that so many educators, impressed by the hard-driving KIPP charter 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.
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| January 22, 2011; 9:00 AM ET
Categories: Guest Bloggers, Research | Tags: extending school day, kipp, length of school day, research and school time, school day, school reform, seat time, time in school
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