Here is another idea for how Downey and Gibbs’ feature article “How Schools Really Matter” (found in the Spring 2010 issue of Contexts) could be used in the classroom:
Directions: Given that much educational inequality is due to disparities during the summer months, some people have proposed year-round schooling. Multiple schools have developed this model, which generally involves 6-8 weeks of class followed by a 2-week break.
Divide the class into two groups and orchestrate a debate on year-round schooling. The debate will work best if students are given time to prepare beforehand (either assign the groups in the previous class or bring materials for them to use to prepare in class).