Most folks assume that the 9-month school calendar (with summer break) is a legacy of our agricultural past. Fact is, summer breaks in what we think of as the traditional school calendar were not a response to agricultural needs.
How about that for a metaphor on the effects of the prevailing mode of education "reforms" (both well-intentioned and otherwise) on students?
When No Child Left Behind was initially enacted, I posted an "open letter to the president" on an online educator forum. In it, I took the position that the goal of leaving no child behind was good (except for the fact that it misused a long-standing mission statement of the Children's Defense Fund); but, that the approach was all wrong.
Gary Obermeyer, founder of Learning Options and host/facilitator of SchoolChange.Net.
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