Bad news, kids! (Or good news, kids?) Next year school will be 300 hours longer in five states, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Tennessee.
The plan is supposed to help boost academic performance, especially in math and science, and generally restore the US to global greatness.
Studies (and common sense) suggest that more class time equals better academic performance. One study from Harvard argues that kids should be able to attend school 6 or 7 days per week and 11 or 12 months of the year. But others point out that in Japan and Finland, countries that produce some of the highest-achieving students in the world, schools days are shorter than in America.
The trial program includes 20,000 students, with the idea that it will later be expanded, particularly in low-income neighborhoods. Who's paying for the extra class time? It's a cocktail of federal, state and district monies.
Via the Boston Globe.