Curriculum: Flexibility for Class Time

Nothing is quite so frustrating to the school administrator as the annual task of working out schedules. Ideally, different courses should be allowed differing amounts of class time: some teachers are better off lecturing large groups, others consulting with a few students at a time; some students should be allowed more unsupervised study time than others. But almost always, the flexibility that would allow such variations is utterly lacking. To match his school's resources to its students' needs, the educator is forced back to the familiar 50-minute class for every course, the same old allotment of about six class...

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