the above average ability a person has in one or more areas of the multiple
intelligences which include Mathematical, Spatial, Bodily Movement,
Musical, Verbal, Interpersonal, and Intrapersonal. Curriculum should maximize
Intelligence centers on mathematical-logical
intelligence and verbal intelligence.
Skills related to core intelligence are emphasized by traditional curriculums.
3) Rewards await people
who develop skills associated with their special intelligence
provided they have the minimum core intelligence skills required for
their career. In the words of John Dewey
..."to prepare him for the future life means to give him
command of himself; it means so to train him that he will have the full and
ready use of all his capacities" My pedagogic creed, Dewey, 1897 Wiki
4) A year-round school calendar
of four twelve-week terms with 4 plus 2 hour days for Secondary Education will
improve learning and decrease cost.
The U.S. has the best universities in the world and students
only have 15-20 fifty-minute class periods per week. Our most successful
students also have structured unstructured time for labs to apply knowledge or
get involved with skill improving extracurricular activities. Germany schools
produce some of the world's most productive workers and more than half her students
finishes at 1 PM. A 4 plus 2 day has
four 50-minutes traditionally structured classes
in a row and two hours of structured unstructured time when a student's
Individualize Curriculum is
determined and enhanced. Students can work,
take more academic classes, volunteer, create a group to compete for academic
prizes, attend career-focused academies, play sports or let American ingenuity
provide relevant learning experiences.
a) Studies show
students forget more than 10%
their learning during the summer and "lower-class
students" lose most.
Setback: Race, Poverty ...Achievement in the First 2 Years
b) A two-tier classroom system has enhanced student work benefits.
Financial benefits for teachers
they can teach overload courses in their off session. If a system's average
teacher earns $50,000/year for sixteen courses or $3,125 per class for a year
round morning assignment. Two tiers means they could earn about $2000 per course for additional
afternoon overload courses. Sixteen overloads cost $32,000 saving $18,000 or 36%
of a salary plus fringe benefits and also make for happy teachers.
4) Economic facilities use would solve housing problems. The potential
cost saving for large school systems making maximum use of their facilities are
5) Structured Unstructured Time benefits the community. It is spent at
school or community facilities to enhance Special Intelligence and also
to provide paid/voluntary experiences for students and teachers. John Dewey
"...advocated for an educational structure that strikes a balance between
delivering knowledge while also taking into account the interests and
experiences of the student." Academics will not suffer as trying to enhance intelligence with
additional memory training is not money well spent. source
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