The emerging body of research suggests that expanding instructional time
is as effective as
other commonly discussed educational interventions intended to boost
Is shortening the school year a savings we can really afford?
Advocates for physical education and physical activity show concern.
"Fewer days in the classroom could mean even less time devoted to the
'non essential' curriculum, those subjects that aren't tested," said
Harris, a researcher for the Center for Education Policy. "Students
probably spend less time learning about art and music. Even P.E. will
Art, music and physical education have already suffered tremendous
backs in scheduling and even program elimination in some cases due to
No Child Left Behind emphasis on math and reading.
Never mind what is becoming a compelling body of research linking
activity to academic performance. The most recent is CDC's Division of
and School Health (DASH) release of a new report entitled
The Association Between School-Based Physical Activity, Including
Education, and Academic Performance, on April 14, 2010.
The report indicates
that school-based physical activity may help improve students' grades
test scores and positively affect other factors that influence
achievement. The report also concludes that adding time during the
day for physical activity does not appear to take away from academic
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