Education Week examines the advantages and disadvantages of block scheduling, a new educational concept involving changing schools' schedules so that students can have longer periods and fewer classes each day. The report explains proponents' arguments that block scheduling can help students to get in-depth knowledge and take more and diverse courses in a year. Some studies, cited in the article, however show that students on traditional and nontraditional schedule score at same or close levels on most tests in academic subjects. The story reveals that most teachers on block schedules teach in much the same way as their colleagues on traditional schedules, and points to this finding as possible explanation for the lack of achievements.
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