As the Budget Gets Smaller, Class Time Gets Shorter
Itâ€™s no secret that state and local budget cuts have been putting pressure on education. A recently publishedÂ New York Times articleÂ discusses one of the many outcomes of this pressureâ€“ decreased class time. It seems many institutions are dealing with a smaller budget by creating a shorter school day. â€śThousands of school districts across the nation are gutting summer-school programs, cramming classes into four-day weeks or lopping days off the school year.â€ť
This is a surprising development considering our current administrationâ€™s stance on education reform. At his 2009 confirmation hearing, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan declared,â€śOur school day is too short, our school week is too short, our school year is too short.â€ť
This view is based on several factors, among them our desire to compete with more education-savvy nations who enforce much longer school days. Many educators will also agree that over the summer months, many students forget what theyâ€™ve learned and need to be re-instructed come fall.
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