Robert Halpern

In this paper, Professor Robert Halpern analyzes the expectation that after-school programs help boost academic achievement. He argues the urgent need to abandon that expectation, step back, and undertake the basic, grounded research that might yield a more consonant set of expectations and might shed light on the range and size of program effects for children of different dispositions, ages, and life situations and for different types and qualities of programs.

Download Confronting “The Big Lie”: The Need to Reframe Expectations of After-School Programs [PDF, 30pg]