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ERIC Number: ED029394
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Apr
Pages: 19
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It's Time to Reschedule the School Year.
Thomas, George I.
While most administrators are primarily interested in the economies offered by the extended school year, it is the opportunities for increasing educational quality which should receive primary attention. The knowledge explosion in the past 70 years dictates this focus. There are four basic ways of rescheduling the school year: (1) The staggered quarter plan and its many variations, in which the schools operate year-round with vacations spread throughout the year; (2) the extended school year (204-212 days), with economies arising from student acceleration; (3) the summer school programs for remedial, makeup, or enrichment work; and (4) the Multiple Trails Design. The Multiple Trails Design is the most flexible of the plans since it does not rely on term rotation or acceleration to achieve desired goals and it allows educators to be innovative. It allows for individualized programs, acceleration, and enrichment, and gives teachers time for individual development. Computers programed with many rescheduled school years will soon be ready to provide individual school districts with programs which will best fit their needs and conditions. Vacations are becoming year-round phenomena and should not hinder year-round schools as they did in the past. (HW)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Sch. Boards Assn. (29th, Miami Beach, Fla., April 12-15, 1969)