Kids Missing More School – Does it Matter?

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Dan Adamini - In The Right Mind - Featured - Rant

Dan Adamini – In The Right Mind – Featured – Rant

Marquette, Michigan - January 29,2014 – SHOULD schools make up the lost time?

Schools are closed again today, and some wonder if the school year will be extended to make up the days, or if they should stick to the schedule as it is.  Michigan mandates schools be in session for 170 days or 1,098 hours.  Apparently 38 of those hours can be teacher development, so the kids only need 1,060 hours… but still need the 170 days.

Even as we fall behind in certain areas, some believe it would be a hardship on both students and teachers to force them to extend the school year simply because schools are closed because of weather.

Thank goodness I haven’t heard that complaint from teachers yet, but the fact that some people think it doesn’t matter how many days students attend school, we should address the issue.

DOES IT MATTER?  In our politically correct world, perhaps kids graduating in 2014 shouldn’t need the 170 day rule.  We can simply adjust entrance criteria for colleges and work programs.  I can see it now… “You must have 80% to pass… unless your school didn’t teach 170 days… then you only need 75%!”

The argument for extending the year is simple… kids need a certain amount of days to learn what they need to learn.  If it can be done in less time, it should, and the extra time should be used for extra items.  But if we need 170 days, then teach AND learn for 170 days.

 
Dan Adamini – In The Right Mind – Featured – Rant
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