For a longer school day, who sacrifices?

Matthew Zalaznick's picture
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Like many parents in the Boston Public Schools, Naama Goldstein of Allston is an accidental activist. She was watching an education forum online when she saw panelists gushing about lengthening the school day. The moment, she told me, felt like an “awakening.”

“I was struck by the group-think on ELT,” she told me. “Absolutely everybody is behind this. Why?”

“ELT” is educational jargon for “extended learning time,” and Goldstein is right that, in many circles, it’s assumed to be universally good. Longer days do seem to solve a lot of problems at once: allowing more time for personal instruction, gym, and the arts; matching school schedules with the needs of working parents.

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