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Lundar High School teacher Lauren Marshall (left) speaks to students Taylor Byron (centre) and Jessica Forsyth.

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Kudos to Warren and Stonewall collegiates for maintaining the full-year credit system (The fourth R: Improving reading, writing, arithmetic, May 3).

As a former Winnipeg high school teacher, I taught International Baccalaureate economics, a year-long credit, alongside semestered courses. In my experience, the year-long credit is pedagogically a far better delivery system than a semester-delivered course: Students have a longer time for course reading, a longer time to gestate the knowledge, more weekends for homework assignments and projects, and in general absorb content much better.

While I realize there are apparent advantages to the semester system -- the second-chance argument used by math teachers, as well as the variety of courses that can be offered -- the year-long credit system is the best way to teach and learn.

ROBERT MILAN

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 6, 2014 A8

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Updated on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 8:10 AM CDT: adds link

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