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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Jaime Escalante Passes Away

The inspiration for the film, Stand and Deliver, Jaime Escalante passed away this week.  He was 79.

This was one of the few films we got to watch in math class when I was in high school... which meant we watched it over... and over...

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

It's that time again

I'm surprised this hasn't happened sooner.  A British school has experimented by adjusting the school day to better match students' internal clocks.  According to some studies, most teens and adolescents are more alert a little later in the day... like 11 - 5.  So Monkseaton High School has pushed the school day (for 13-19 year olds) back one hour to start at 10 am.  You can read some details online

Of course, a major issue (that I did not see in this article) is child care.  Most work days begin before 10 am, so how do kiddos get to the school if they aren't riding the school bus?  We currently have students dumped dropped off on campus before 6:30... when classes start at 8:30 and the doors open at 7:45.

On the plus side, the article is clear that absenteeism and truancy have dropped.  A lot.  It looks like this experiment is being carefully monitored and documented... could be coming to a district near you.

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