New York City
New York City To Try Longer School Day In 20 Middle Schools
The school day is about to get longer for some New York City school kids — and we’re not talking a couple of minutes. It’s about to be two and a half hours longer.
If scores go up, the plan could be extended city-wide, CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reported Monday.
Will an intensive reading program and an extended school day help Johnny read?
City officials hope so. They’re launching a pilot program with 2,000 middle school students to see if it’s an idea whose time has come.
“It’s where the achievement gap really seems to grow, in New York City about three-fourths of seventh and eighth graders. Three-fourths of seventh and eighth graders do not read at a proficient level,” City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said.
Under a pilot program that will start in September, sixth graders at 20 schools throughout the city will stay in the classroom two and a half hours longer for intensive language tutoring — every day — and then continue the longer day into seventh and eighth grades. If they outperform other kids the city will seek to expand the program.
How much do you want to bet that most or all of these twenty middle schools are heavily black and Hispanic?
The reason the middle school years are “where the [racial] achievement gap really seems to grow” (because it does) isn’t because the school days at middle schools aren’t long enough. The answer can be found in HBD. At least when comparing blacks and whites, the late elementary and early middle school years are when black brains stop maturing, while white brains keep on maturing. If you try to pour a gallon full of liquid into a shot glass for six straight hours, and most of the water spills out of the cup, do you expect it to be any different if you try for yet another two and a half hours?
We should just go all the way. 24/7 schooling. When we finally get 80 IQ Nashwan’tavious-El at the age of 14 to read that epic novel about green eggs and ham, we’ll be well on our way to closing that achievement gap.
Parents, however, seem to be all on board.
“There’s a great need for additional education and resources,” Reyna Franco said.
“I think it’s a great idea. The kids need it,” Gil Denard added.
“It would depend on the family. For us, I would not like that but other children who might need the work it might be a good idea,” Olivia Kahmi said.
Of course the parents love it. It’s another two and a half hours of taxpayer funded babysitting. That means these parents can swill on yet another two and a half hours of low information TV bilge (Wendy Williams, woot woot) and eat their EBT-funded junk food and not have to pretend to care about their kids.