What’s your opinion of the La Cañada school board’s recent approval of four additional pupil-free days for teachers? Apparently three such days were not deemed by instructors to be enough, so the board agreed to increase the number to seven.
I’m curious to know how the rank and file teachers feel about the change. Do they believe they’ll emerge from these four additional enrichment days as better educators? Will their students reap benefits that doubters can’t yet see?
It’s my understanding that at LCHS, the meager number of minutes added to daily classroom time to make up for the additional four-day shortfall will, by the end of the 2011-2012 school year, actually result in a net gain of a few hours of classroom time for our young Spartans over this year’s schedule. But will those couple of minutes tacked onto courses each day be put to productive instructional use? I’m inclined to suspect it will just give the students slightly more time to gather up their things before heading off to their next class or activity, but I could be mistaken about that.