It would be an enormous step forward if adults in schools treated the time that children and their families give to schools as a precious gift rather than an entitlement.Somewhere along the line I began to see my middle school with its required "health class" and its required "technology class" and its required PowerPoint assignments for Spanish class (create a menu; pack a suitcase and label the clothing) as scooping up huge, heaping armloads of my son's childhood and simply tossing them in the trash.
Three Thousand Missing Hours
Where does the instructional time go?
By RICHARD F. ELMORE
Harvard Education Letter
Volume 22, Number 6
C. told me a funny story. One of his brainier friends was up late one night, reading stuff for health class. His dad saw that his son was still up and asked what he was doing. When C's friend said, "I'm reading health," his dad barked at him: "Put that away! Get to sleep!"
Dad is a physician.