|As the crickets started to chirp, the students knew it was almost time to go home.|
I have a hard time understanding the logic that if you make the school day longer, the kids are going to learn more. This can happen if the proper steps are taken and the students are still alert and able to absorb the extended day's lessons. But from I've heard, the long hours do not equal improved performance. The right thing to do would be to stick to the regular schedule and fine-tune the teaching to make the most of the day. The fact that afterschool tutorials are now considered to be the norm allows for laxness during the regular school day. That is what I have heard on several occasions. Extend the school year like the Japanese do but dont force our kids to stay at school longer than the rest of the state does. It lowers expectations.