Time to Learn
"Last year we would hurry to get something done, and this year we can take our time anddo it right. We have a lot more time for reading, math, and science, and you get more time at recess and gym."
Andrew Gibson, 6th grader
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 day6 hours and 180 days per yearis 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.
Time to Learn offers a compelling look at the expanded schedule of the new school day. This proven, practical, achievable reform is already transforming American public schools for the better. More than a thousand public schools are reaping its benefitsreinvigorating their classrooms and dramatically improving students' academic success while narrowing the achievement gap.
We all want what's best for our kidsand we want their time in school to be enriching, engaging, and productive. Time to Learn offers a blueprint for what works and what it will take to transform the old school day into the new.