The Post article does not give any details on how this time would be spent, but I have to say, if this means another hour and a half a day for test prep and Common Core work, good luck keeping kids in school.
Ever since we started moving toward the Common Core Federal Standards, with kids being forced to use MLA documentation, read complex informational texts and write argumentative essays in every class (including art and gym), I have seen a sharp increase in the number of kids who say "I hate this!" and "When can we do something that's fun and interesting!"
The answer is, so long as the Common Core is in place - never.
I can't wait to try and keep kids in school for 9 hours a day so they can use MLA documentation, read complex informational texts and write argumentative essays in every class (including art and gym).
I hope Thompson and Quinn know that adding time to school is no magic elixir and that using the adding time for more mandated test prep and academic work is a recipe to burnout for both students and teachers.
Public Advocate De Blasio and Comptroller Liu were the best on education at yesterday's forum:
De Blasio reiterated his plan to raise taxes on the wealthiest New Yorkers to fund universal Pre-K and said teacher evaluations should rely less on standardized tests.
He made clear that he would oppose Bloomberg’s education track record and took a jab at Quinn and Thompson, saying:
“Where were you when teachers were being vilified? That will be a matter of public record as we all debate over the coming months.”
Liu and Lhota got into a fiery discussion of the co-location of charter schools — which have expanded under Bloomberg and become a source of dispute with the UFT.
Liu said it creates tension when charters share building space with traditional public schools.
Quinn, on the other hand, is exhibiting more and more evidence that she will be Bloomberg Jr. ( see here for an example from last week.)