One of the arguments you always hear about reforming our schools is that we need to make the school day longer. Now, lucky for current students, this…

One of the arguments you always hear about reforming our schools is that we need to make the school day longer. Now, lucky for current students, this will probably not happen until the government stops drowning in its own debt. Right now, if anything, the school day will get shorter as teachers are fired and classrooms squeeze in double the kids they should. But does the idea of a longer school day leading to smarter kids make sense? Sure, you can cram more into them if you have a couple extra hours. But students are already racing to get out of the door, or asleep at their desks from a day’s tedium, by 2 or 3 p.m. – is it possible to keep them calm and focused for an extra few hours? The smartest kids I know got that way not because they went to school every day, but because they learned outside of school. Without a genuine passion for education, forcing someone into a desk doesn’t do much.
– Will

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