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  • Quote:South Dakota's state education secretary, Melody Schopp, says schools that have switched to four days haven't suffered in achievement tests.

    In Deuel, a 500-student district that shortened its week four years ago, Superintendent Dean Christensen said as much as $100,000 a year has been saved and the failure rate has declined, which he attributed to more time for tutoring and teacher training.

    "It's not something to be scared of," Christensen said.

    // The factory-model of education is so utterly stupid and useless it beggars belief it has persisted for so long. Of course a four-day week wasn't going to hurt test scores. Just based on my own experience (and the copious doodles on my notebooks) at least least 90% of classroom time is an absolute waste. All one has to do is look at colleges. Lecture time(i.e. classroom time) represents a small percentage of the total time spent actually learning. It is the readings, research, writing and labs where the real learning happens.

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