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Research,  January 29, 2007

A New Day For Learning: New Report from Mott Foundation

"No one believes that when the bell rings at the end of the school day, children stop learning. Curiosity bubbles inside the minds of children from the moment they wake in the morning until they go to bed at night. Our challenge is to encourage, connect, and foster learning throughout a child’s day. How do we help children make sense of all the information and experiences in their lives? Policymakers face a challenge: How do we ensure that all children have opportunities to reach their full potential in a competitive world where thinking skills are the most important asset of a society? According to an urgent report from the Time, Learning, and Afterschool Task Force funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, we can start by organizing learning time more effectively. The paradigm in this report is unique. It requires us to think beyond our individual responsibilities and consider the organizational, policy, and traditional barriers we impose on creating a seamless learning day for children. We are not getting very far, very fast because we persist in placing all the responsibility for teaching on the schools and on a short school day. The aspirations of every community -- affluent to low income, homogeneous to widely diverse -- are limited by these habits. Without a broader view of learning, all American school-age children will be denied access to experiences that will help them be successful lifelong learners. Based on extensive research and emerging policies and practices, the Task Force envisions a system rich with multiple ways to learn and develop, anchored to high standards, and aligned to educational resources throughout a community."

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Posted by tstreit on January 29, 2007 | Research