Former Fort Wayne educator Eugene White is shaking things up in Indianapolis:
INDIANAPOLIS - From 180 days a year in school to 210? That is what IPS Superintendent Eugene White thinks middle school students need. As he expected, White's idea is meeting immediate controversy.
IPS middle schools were closed Wednesday so that teachers could get some extra training. Middle school students will get an extra six weeks of classroom instruction each year, if White's idea becomes a reality.
"We need additional instructional time," White said.
Basically, kids would have only July off. I'm not sure what I think about this yet. I know our school calendar was based on an agricultural society that no longer exists, but it's not clear that teaching students longer is a good substitute for teaching them better.