"Time is what we want most, but what we use worst" ~ William Penn
From 8:00 am start times, to 50-minute class periods, to 3-month summer vacations, our modern schooling system is rife with time-based organizational practices that have long since outlived their historic function.
In Chapter 9 of my book '10 Things Schools Get Wrong - And How We Can Get Them Right', I dive into the interesting history of these practices ... but in the interest of brevity, suffice it to say that many of these time-based rituals are maintained out of habit, tradition and routine.
Although people may try to fight against them, routine is a like a moving train: it’s difficult to stop once it has momentum.
In this ‘From Theory To Practice’ video, I discuss the summer vacation issue. Specifically, I look at a meta-analysis from 2019 that helps us understand the learning impact that a 3-month summer break can exact on students:
Single‐track year‐round education for improving academic achievement in U.S. K‐12 schools (Dan Fitzpatrick and Jason Burns)
Here are some of the questions I tackle in this installment: