The Potential Benefits of Mixing Up the School Day

The educational system in the U.S. is undergoing some major changes in the way students learn. In recent years, classroom focus has placed an emphasis on individual students completing tasks and homework themselves without assistance following a full day of school. However, more and more students have been studying online in their own homes and using school time to essentially sharpen what they’ve learned.

Some teachers feel this is not an effective enough way to educate children. Therefore, high school students are being exposed to a completely different style of learning that was used much more frequently in the past.

One Pennsylvania teacher has proposed that the traditional concept of the school day be flipped. His vision is that students don’t begin the day until 9:00 in the morning. However, they don’t report directly to school at this time. Instead, they report to a particular job site which changes every few months. Students would spend the first half of their days working at a designated location. After a short lunch break, they return to their high school for the duration of the afternoon. While there, they collaborate with their peers on educational projects and participate in extracurricular activities of their choosing.

Once students return home from school for the day, they attend online classes during the evening. The idea is that by evening, most parents are home and available to help their children with assigned school work. This formula essentially eliminates students spending their evenings simply completing homework by themselves.

Statistics indicate that high school students aren’t working part-time jobs at the rate that previous generations of students have. This means they have time to focus on their learning during the evening; a time when high school students are generally at their best.

In addition to being a more convenient way for many of today’s students to learn, this proposed flipped school day also help students make a stronger connection between their studies and their future careers. This is thought to help shape each student’s education, inspiring them to concentrate on acquiring the knowledge that will be the most useful to them when they are no longer students, but individuals in the working world.

These are just a few of the reasons why educators are analyzing the possible outcomes of students having more structured educational systems that fall in line with their interests. It may seem a bit far fetched today, but the concept is worth studying when looking at the potential benefits.

Steven Virgadamo | New York, NY | Long-time leader and an advocate of school choice legislation.

Steven Virgadamo | New York, NY | Long-time leader and an advocate of school choice legislation.