As long as we're talking about schedules, we should also reconsider whether responsible teens need to be physically tied to a building all day. Let's face it. Lessons can be delivered easily via YouTube or Podcasts and support for students can be provided through personal learning networks or Google Hangouts if when/necessary. Everyone going at the same pace through the same content in the same place is an unnecessary throwback to the industrial age. If you're thinking not all kids have equity and access, stop. Schools need to help figure this out. I was doing this more than a decade ago in a low income school in Central Harlem. We need to ensure every kid who needs it has a place to go to access the internet. Connect with business, community centers, mentors, parks. If you are completely unresourceful, there's always school if the students and adults can't figure it out...but I bet given the choice, they would.
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