Concerns With Lengthening The School Day
From The Chicago Sun Times:
“It won’t matter how much longer a struggling student stays in a high school building if that school is under-resourced and under-staffed,” (CTU spokesman) Gadlin charged. “Lengthening the high school day, without a thorough public safety plan for students or a commitment to additional funding and staff is not good education policy.”
Gadlin said the union is also concerned about teens who hold down jobs to help out at home.
“We don’t want teens choosing between staying in school longer or going to work to help support their families in these hard economic times. The Chicago Teachers Union looks forward to a productive and challenging dialogue with CPS,” Gadlin said.
Teachers also will be expected to lengthen their workdays by 39 minutes, although CPS’ announcement did not say whether that would come with an increase in pay.
More Of The Same Won’t Provide Improvement
Adding more minutes to a school day that is unproductive makes no sense at all. However, if Chicago Public Schools are planning to revamp their entire high school education system to provide better instruction, then an extra 36 minutes could be useful.
It all depends on the quality of the instruction.
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