Monday, May 19, 2008


Every once in a while, I have someone ask why we homeschool our kids. There are lots of reasons really, but here is another good one.
Under the question, what do kids do in school all day is this little tidbit
Well, several recent research studies have shown that for every 50 minute class period, only 28% of that time is spent in engaged learning. That means that for every subject in school, the students only spend about 14 minutes being taught or involved in learning activities. The rest of the time is wasted on lining up, changing classes or rooms, taking books out, putting books away, dealing with discipline issues, answering unimportant questions, handing out papers, handing out assignments, giving homework assignments, explaining what is expected, and lecturing on topics unrelated to actual academic learning.
The subjects covered in school are math, social studies, science, physical education, language arts, foreign language, health and arts. Generally, arts and physical education alternate, as do science and health. Thus, in a typical school day, the students only have 84 minutes of actual learning time, that's less than an hour and a half each day. They are gone seven hours to receive less than an hour and a half of instruction and actual learning.

I think back to my academic career in public school and this probably rings true for the most part. In fact, we prided ourselves on ways to distract and sidetrack our teachers in school.

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