A brief review of research on lengthening the school day
Jennifer Davis was in 3rd grade in her home town of Haverhill, Mass., when she was diagnosed as dyslexic.
But her family was solidly middle-class – her father was a realtor – and soon she had tutors and the extra help she needed to catch up.
“I was lucky enough to have a family with resources,” says Davis, who now heads the Boston-based National Center on Time and Learning. “What we’re trying to do is create those support systems for all children.”
Since she co-founded it in 2007, the center has worked to help schools and school districts deal with two sea changes in the American economy: the change from a farm-and-factory economy to a knowledge economy and growing inequality in which some families can afford the supports Davis had, but more and more cannot.
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