Derek Thompson at the Atlantic Monthly has a list of 10 ideas for fixing education
and although I agree with the sentiment behind a couple of them (it *is* unfair if children of lower income families don’t have good summer opportunities) I want to be on the record that I am convinced that ideas like lengthening the school day/year simply don’t don’t fit with what research is showing about how people learn, particularly in a technology/information rich era, e.g. the need for reflective time, learning to learn *outside* of the school environment, collaboration, etc.
Which is why I responded to that article with my link to the interesting observations by a neurologist (Judy Willis, M.D.) http://bit.ly/YtS1z
that I have posted to my own blog here on a previous occasion. Other articles on her site are very insightful as well.
Hopefully the “Atlantic” readers will click the link and be exposed to a different point of view.