Looks like in order for the calendar to appear at the right I have to add my first post. Have been mulling over how to start and I guess it’s just a matter of jumping in. The calendar seems an apt beginning because for the bulk of my life the school calendar has organized my personal rhythms: k-12 (13 years) followed by college (which took ten years) and teaching (in my 25th year).
By all accounts, the current school calendar has been pretty much the same one in existence since the start of formalized education in the United States. Not only do we continue to mostly adhere to the September to June pattern of classes, but despite research showing that the adolescent brain wakes later and gets tired at hours not in synch with school start and end times, we mostly continue to have middle and high school days that run from 7:30, 8:00 or 8:30 a.m. till around 3:00 p.m.
Why don’t we have creative scheduling of school terms along with flexible daily school hours?
Imagine a school where September through March you studied a particular topic through the lens of different subjects and then April through August you participated in experiential, off-campus travel-work opportunities. And of course there would be vacation times spread throughout the entire year (that means summer too!). Imagine a school where morning early birds and late night owls could all pursue learning during their prime hours of alertness.