Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I've suffered from Writer's Block...and I haven't been practicing what I preach and writing through it anyway!
There's been more talk recently about upping the number of days we go to school here in the good ol' USofA, by our favorite spokesman, Arne Duncan. The motivating factor is that we're falling behind other countries, especially in math; one obvious difference between US & European schools is the number of days we go to school. Apparently very few countries go fewer than 200 days a year now, whereas 180 is the national norm.
First and foremost, I need to do more digging into this issue. My gut reaction, however, are these two thoughts:
A. Fine...but will you finally pay teachers what we deserve?
B. Quantity is not equivalent to Quality
Are there days I wish I had more time? Absolutely. This unit is one of them - we sped through Animal Farm which, in my opinion, is a shame. We'll come back to it in our persuasive unit with a focus on propaganda. Other things have been scheduled for the end of October, however, so we zipped through it. But (stop me if you've heard this one) I wasn't able to do many of the fun activities I like to do with Animal Farm . Even if we attended school 365 days, I would probably still be singing that tune; ultimately, teachers will ALWAYS feel like we don't have enough time.
Although if parents stepped in and did THEIR jobs, we could actually spend more time on curriculum and then maybe...well, anyway. You get the idea. Preachin' to the choir. I need to do more research, but that's my gut reaction to the talk them boys is giving up in the big house.
What do you think? Will more in-school days make US students more competitive internationally?
(source: picture courtesy of Eric Rice)