Time to Learn: How a New School Schedule is Making Smarter Kids, Happier Parents, and Safer Neighborhoods

Time to Learn: How a New School Schedule is Making Smarter Kids, Happier Parents, and Safer Neighborhoods




Across the country, an educational revolution is taking root. Kids are learning more. Teachers are free to teach beyond the test. And parents aren’t worried about what their kids are up to after school. What accounts for this change? The simple answer is, “More time to learn.”

The current school day—6 hours and 180 days per year—is obsolete. It fails to provide students with the academic foundations and well-rounded education they need to succeed and thrive in the twenty-first century. The old school day is also out of step with the reality of working families without a stay-at-home parent to manage their children’s after-school time. Using an additional one to two hours, the new school day reworks the schedule so that children can master core academic subjects, receive individualized instruction and tutoring, and be exposed to a broad array of topics such as the arts, music, drama, and sports.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470258088
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 04/25/2008
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.35(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.02(d)

About the Author

Christopher Gabrieli, an entrepreneur in the business, nonprofit, and public policy arenas, is cofounder and cochairman of the National Center on Time & Learning, and he is leading the first statewide effort in America to expand learning time for all students at participating schools.

Warren Goldstein teaches U.S. history and chairs the Department of History at the University of Hartford. An award-winning historian and essayist, he is author of William Sloane Coffin, Jr: A Holy Impatience, Playing for Keeps: A History of Early Baseball, and (with Elliott Gorn) A Brief History of American Sports.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Schooling Outside the Box

Part I: A New Day for Schools

• Reading and Writing in the New School Day

• Math in the New School Day

• Science and Technology in the New School Day

• History, Foreign Languages, and Social Studies

• Art, Music, Drama, and Other Enrichment Activities

• Character and Behavior

• Recess, Physical Education, and Sports

• Homework

Part II: Creating the New School Day in Your Community

• Making the Most of Time

• How Can You Create a New School Day?

• Issues for Teachers

• Issues for Parents

• Issues for Communities

• Frequently Asked Questions

Conclusion: Dawn of a New Age for Schooling

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