School Myths Die Slowly

Among the most common myths by those who have never taught students is more time in class results in more academic work, and more success in passing exams. President Sarkozy of France announced he wanted to reduce summer vacation by two weeks and reduce some other holidays during the year. High School students all over the country rioted and demanded the government keep its hands off their spare time. They trashed cars, broke windows and even disabled buses.

There is absolutely no evidence more time spent doing the same thing results in greater learning. American students go to school for 185 days a year compared to most European students who attend class about 225 days a year. But, studies show that Americans spend more time in school doing academic work than do European students. However, European students score higher on international tests.

Let the mind learn by walking through fields.