Feb. 22nd, 2016

birdwatcher: (Leif Gram: Mr. Fix)
So I mentioned that the Russian system (not much better results than ours, but absurdly cheap to run by comparison) and the Finnish system had schools and teachers concentrate on the single mission of academics. Day care, sports, and social/emotional were handled by people other than teachers in venues other than school. Then I asked if there were state regulations that would prevent the town from setting up a Russian-style system in which teachers taught until lunch and then a separate set of employees took over for the lunch+afternoon social/emotional/daycare shift. That way parents could concentrate on academics when talking with teachers.
http://blogs.harvard.edu/philg/2015/11/30/touring-the-mediocrity-factory-meeting-with-principal-of-rich-suburban-public-school/