December 9, 1992

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Slightly more than 60 percent of 12- to 17-year-olds say they worked for a service organization or helped others without pay an average of 3.2 hours a week during 1991, according to a survey of adolescent charitable behavior released last week.
Just prior to the November 1992 elections, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching released draft copies of a report entitled "School Choice'' ("Advocates React Angrily to Study Questioning Merits of Choice,'' Nov. 4, 1992). The report purports to be an empirical study of existing choice plans, with implications for educational policymakers.
The United States, almost alone in the world, does not use the metric system of measurement in its daily life. But it does teach the metric system in the schools. It teaches two systems of measurement in the schools and, the confusion from learning two systems aside, there is a cost to the time spent in teaching two systems. A full year of mathematics instruction is lost to the duplication of effort.
Ask any kid and you'll be told now, as in the past, that his favorite school subjects are lunch, recess, gym, art, and music. I've been taking that answer seriously of late to see what qualities of teaching and learning I could abstract from these subjects and how they might apply to a reorganized curriculum.
FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the CME Group Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations. Additional grants in support of Editorial Projects in Education’s data journalism and video capacity come from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Schott Foundation for Public Education. (Updated 1/1/2017)

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