Friday, February 04, 2011

Twenty Four Hour School

Some of my algebra students have zero memory.  They can do the work in class, but walking out the door hits the permanent delete button on their brains.  But, I've come up with a way to help them pass the regents.

My Proposal:  Twenty four hours before the exam, the students will be required to come to school.  They will then be ushered into a large room and the door will lock behind them.  No one will be permitted to leave, except for scheduled bathroom breaks and those breaks will take place under supervision.  Food and Red Bull will be provided.  During this time period, rotating teams of teachers will continually do past regents exams with them. Thirty minute naps will be permitted every 8 hours.  When the exam starts, tables will be set up in the same room and the students will then take their seats and begin to work.  No free time allows no escape of knowledge.
Of course this kind of learning is meaningless but that doesn't matter. The school will have the statistics it wants and that is all that counts.


CrysHouse said...

I don't know if it's this way in your classroom, but that 24 hour memory applies to all classroom expectations in my school.

A pencil? Why would any student need one of those?

Paper? Stupid teachers.

Homework? Wait. I'm supposed to bring that back?!

NYC Educator said...

You should probably read Doug Lemov's book. It's full of suggestions just like yours.

The Reflective Educator said...

I kind of think this 24-hour method would be more effective if it was implemented year round.

Pissed Off said...

No one would spend that kind of money on NYC school children.

Anonymous said...

You should read Jonathan Swift's "My Modest Proposal". I had to read that for my 10 grade global studies class and also had to write my own modest proposal.

Your proposal sounds very similar to Jonathan Swift's. You should check it out sometime.