Whenever politicians and educational “experts” start talking about reform, inevitably someone will toss out the idea that we need more time.
If only kids were in school for more hours in a day and/or more days in a year, “achievement” (almost always measured in terms of higher standardized test scores) would improve.
This week Jay Mathews returned to the same topic by using a report on the number of schools who using the tool of time from something called the National Center on Time & Learning (no slanted approach from that group :-) as his starting point.
A study which, in the end, is just another excuse for Mathews to write about his love of charter schools, especially any with KIPP in their name.
Of course, he never even comes close to explaining why more time spent in an educational system that doesn’t work for an increasing number of kids is an idea that passes for reform.