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What the research says about 4-day school weeks - MindShift - 0 views

  • (City students were excluded from the analysis because no city schools had adopted four-day weeks. Only rural, small town and suburban students were included.)
  • The switch seemed to hurt reading achievement more than math achievement.
  • Rural schools accounted for seven out of 10 schools on the four-day schedule in this study.
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  • Rural four-day students generally learned as much as rural five-day day students. Statistically, both groups’ test scores rose by about the same amount every year.
  • small town and suburban students who switched to four-day weeks were far worse off than other students in the state
  • One possible explanation, Morton says, is sports. Many rural athletes and young student fans leave school early on Fridays or skip school altogether because of the great distances to travel to away games. In effect, many five-day students are only getting four-days of instruction in rural America.
  • The four-day work week is an attractive work perk in rural America that may lure better teachers.
  • By this theory, four-day schools may make it easier to hire better teachers, who could accomplish in four days what a less skilled teacher accomplishes in five days.
  • five-day weeks have their own drawbacks in rural America: hidden absences, skipped lessons and lower quality teachers.
  • Hispanic students, who accounted for one out of every six rural students in this study, suffered much more from four-day weeks than white students did. (Native American students, who made up one of every 10 rural students, did relatively better with the four-day week.)
  • biggest surprise to me in this review of the research is how tiny the cost savings are: 1 to 2 percent.  It does save some money not to run the heat or buses one day a week, but the largest expenses, teacher salaries, stay the same.
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11 fascinating trends affecting travel & attractions - 0 views

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    Everything from gamification to the growing wealth gap and rising divorce rates influences travel, believe it or not.
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What Urban Planners Can Learn From a Hindu Religious Festival | Travel | Smithsonian Ma... - 0 views

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    What can city planners and those who plan refugee and emergency camps learn from this mega pop-up city?
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BBC - Future - Technology - Ten weird and wonderful transport concepts of tomorrow - 0 views

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    Getting to travel destinations quicker...
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2022: Cheap flights, more rail and hands-free cars - CNN.com - 0 views

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    Transportation specific, given that it is under the CNN Travel site, but may have relevance for museums, particularly those with high out-of-town visitation
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Holy Crap, Self-Driving Cars Are Now Legal in California - 0 views

  • Just moments ago, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into effect SB1298, effectively paving the way for driverless cars in California. For a state that relies more heavily on cars than any other, this is hugely significant when it comes to traffic and road congestion.
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    How could I not add this to our discussion?
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Mesa youth museum expands business model - 1 views

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    Developing a program of traveling exhibitions gives museum a new source of revenue
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Creating the 'third' space in the 'Anywhere Working City' | ZDNet - 0 views

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    Smarter travel combined with alternative working practices could ease strains on infrastructure and transport and turn cities into smarter places to work and live.
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Museum attendance up, income down, survey says - latimes.com - 0 views

  • The most common explanations for the increase in attendance given by museums were more aggressive marketing to local communities, people cutting back on travel and trying to find less expensive and closer-to-home leisure pursuits, and the sense that museum admission prices are a good deal compared with other options
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Social Impact Innovation Company Redefines Financial Education With Traveling Museum Ex... - 0 views

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    Here's an interesting idea for a way to bring baby boomers into the museum (one section is about retirement planning)...an exhibit that attempts to make financial information resonant and "stick" with people
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