Originally published: Abl Schools | March, 2018
In 1994, the National Education Commission on Time and Learning published the “Prisoners of Time” report which concluded that “both learners and teachers need more time—not to do more of the same, but to use all time in new, different, and better ways. The key to liberating learning lies in unlocking time.”1
25 years later, America’s K-12 schools are still trying to unlock time to improve teaching and learning. While many schools have experimented with longer school days or flexible schedules, the vast majority of schools in the United States still follow traditional schedules and academic calendars. This is especially ironic given the profound shifts in how most Americans now structure their personal and professional time, which is more fluid and personalized than ever before.