One of our featured signatories, Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education Kathleen McCartney, was featured yesterday in the Harvard Gazette talking about the need for a longer school day and year.
[McCartney] presented data that connected extending classroom time to better educational outcomes. “We have a short school year now,” McCartney said, “because we used to be an agrarian society where students were needed to farm.” We need to keep students in school longer, McCartney argued, to enable “a broader and deeper coverage of the curriculum,” and “to deepen adult-child relationships” within schools.
Dean McCarthy has a long track record of serving as a leader on the issue of expanding time, from co-sponsoring the Expanding Learning Time Convening last October to signing on to TSC as a signatory. Every advocate and every conversation helps build our movement to give all students the time to succeed. Thank you for your leadership Dean McCartney!