Schools Implement “Genius Hour” In Which Students Pursue Own Interests

CNN (3/10, Grinberg) reports on the “genius hour” at Thomas Middle School in Arlington Heights, Illinois, “an 80-minute period every Monday” when students “work on projects entirely of their choosing.” The idea came from “Google’s 20% time initiative, which allows employees to dedicate 20% of working hours to their own ideas.” It is said to be part of something called “student-driven learning” which is reportedly being tried at a number of schools.