Should Kids Spend More Time at School?

KJ Dell’Antonia

What if your kids went to school Dolly Parton style, 9 to 5? Besides gaining the opportunity to rewrite that particular earworm of a song for the school’s talent show, the theory goes, they’d learn more. Have more time for enriching after-school activities at school, instead of requiring a parent to drive them around in the rugrat race. And that parent (so much more often a mother that it’s tempting to just say mother, but I won’t) would be more able to easily stay in the work force, or hold down a job while her kids were young, without being required to either appear at pick-up at three o’clock daily or find quality (not to mention educational) after-school care.

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Teacher David Nieder of "Knowledge is Power Program" (KIPP) Academy takes questions from his class in the Bronx, New York.

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