Wednesday, October 26, 2005
This morning on public radio, reps from the Massachusetts 2020 Foundation talked about their program increasing the 6-hour school day to 8-hours--even if it costs recess. To be fair, the foundation argues that current inequities in schools can't be rectified within the "antiquated" 6-hour schedule (notice the appeal to a vague notion of social justice?), and that all students need more exposure to the arts. Still, it's difficult to ignore the fact that the new schedule more closely resembles the workday. One has to ask whose purposes are best served by two more hours of standardization.
Read how it's all about "coaching" achievement of "the American Dream" on the 2020 Foundation website: http://www.mass2020.org/