More school days?

Merely adding three weeks to the length of the school year, to equal the British average (190-195 days), would do absolutely nothing to improve American public schools.

What is needed are school principals with outstanding leadership abilities willing to spend at least half the school day visiting their classrooms. With help and encouragement from the principal, average teachers could be made better. William Lyman, Portsmouth, N.H.

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