Time has to be high quality for it to be effective. It has to reach the students who need it most -- those who are struggling academically and who lack educational opportunities and support outside of the school.
Who benefits anymore from a schedule created to meet the needs of a 19th-century farm and factory economy? Just think about the broader learning opportunities that would be available to children if schools expanded their schedules to eight hours a day.
Digital learning won't close the achievement gap, but it will lift the floor. More students will be more academically successful. Five years from now, a higher percentage of students will soon graduate from high school ready for college and careers.