Some Real Innovation in Education
A recently released report proposes some big changes to the way schools currently run their operations. It's got the usual stuff like increasing teacher salaries (which, adjusted for inflation, have stayed flat for over 30 years), expanding college programs that train teachers and more flexibility in hiring. The big one, however, is a total change to the school year: longer days and more of them. I say it's about time.
Leaving schools empty for so much of the day and year is making very poor use of the facilities and faculty and drags out secondary education for much longer than necessary. From what I can tell, it would make schools have double sessions and three trimesters. The overachievers could potentially complete all of their needed credits by their sophomore year, freeing up valuable space in the schools while giving all students a lot of choice as to when they go to school and how many classes they take.
I say we owe those guys on the task force a Coke for coming up with such a good idea.