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Shorter School Week

Would You Be in Favor of a Four-Day School Week?

As a kid, I would have given most anything for a four-day school week. More weekend time to play with friends and avoid homework would have been heavenly, though it would have meant missing out on the social interaction that the schoolhouse often provided. If the economy stays on the current track (sigh), youngsters all over may be cheering for joy.

As gas, energy, and food prices reach record highs, school districts are scrambling to come up with solutions to save money. Quick to the top of the agenda: cutting the school week by one day. As many government offices have already downsized their work weeks to four days, schools are following suit. Administrations are hoping that the snipped school week will decrease spending while improving attendance and performance for students.

To learn what other schools are considering,


New Mexico, Florida, and South Carolina are a few of the states that might join Kentucky and Louisiana on the four-day schedule. Other districts are raising lunch prices and cutting bus routes in an effort to keep prices manageable. While the district and state may be financially rewarded for such methodical planning, families will have to address issues such as daycare, transportation, after-school activities, etc.

What are your thoughts on a shorter school week?


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TwistandShout TwistandShout 8 years
Then the kids have to work harder to get the same amount done, or have a longer school YEAR. I really don't like this idea.
popcorn19 popcorn19 8 years
As a middle school teacher, ABSOLUTELY! I'm bored out of my mind this whole summer--I would have no problem if the summer were shorter. And if humpday was eliminated all together. By Friday, the teachers were exhausted, the students were exhausted. They are so much more driven to learn and are so much more excited when we have four-day weeks.
Torbear Torbear 8 years
This is a horrible idea! I'm an elementary school teacher and it's already hard enough to teach everything that needs to be taught for standardized testing and to get the student ready for life. Cutting down the school week would require rethinking on everyones part including parents who now have to find something for their kids to do on their extra day off. They'll have to pay day care! Administrators and state officals will want to extend the school year farther into the summer to make sure students get all of the information they need! I understand the need to worry about money and budgets, but schools are already cutting so many things that it's hard to even function anymore. We need to make the education of our children more of a priority!
BlairBear BlairBear 8 years
My nephew already has a four day week. He lives in a small town and that was the only incentive they could offer teachers. I don't know any of the details about extra hours or a longer year though. I don't talk to him much because his mom is a b!tch but that's a whole 'nother topic.
Evalicious Evalicious 8 years
Are you kidding me? Didn't we all go to school for 5 days a week? Aren't we productive humans? Why change that?
Our education systems are the last thing we should be sacrificing when the economy is poor. The last thing we need is for families to be struggling even more to pay for daycare.
macgirl macgirl 8 years
that would be hard with my son's "active sports schedule". Boy plays three sports and at most times of the year has practices multiple times a week. I like when they do an early practice as it makes getting homework, dinner and our night stuff done easier. Week nights basically suck during sports season. I would imagine this would make it much worse :-(
imcs imcs 8 years
The USA has one of the poorest educations, and we want to cut what little school time our children have as is to four days?!?!?!? This world is making no sense to me today!
millarci millarci 8 years
Only if the work week were cut back to four days a week as well..
kiwitwist kiwitwist 8 years
I think it would be great if the kids aren't then thrown into daycare. That would be pointless for the parents.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
Ok adding the time to the school day - um, wouldn't that use the same energy as being open another day? It'd save fuel, but not the electricity and things. I agree that children are in school long enough. Don't make it longer. And if they don't make it longer, are they really saying that children don't need as much education when gas prices are high?
crystalvillage06 crystalvillage06 8 years
This would work for my family since I work when I want but for most people I don't see this working. Generally people work Monday-Friday and it would be a pain to try and find child care for one day a week. I also agree that a longer school day wouldn't work. Kid's are already in school from 9:00-3:30; I couldn't imagine having a child add to that.
KathleenxCouture KathleenxCouture 8 years
I was just going to mention what would the administration of the schools have to suffer with as well if a cut like this actually happens since teaching those children are their jobs and they get paid to do so how will if be effecting them in the long haul. The added hours philosophy is a good one but then kids would get antsy by the end of the day as they were previously used to only 6 hr school days. It would either mean that they would come to school extra early or get out extra late or both.
lms lms 8 years
I think it would be a good idea for some people and it would work for me. I just saw a program this week where they were going to change a companies(can't remember which one)schedule to 4 days. They add on 2 hours to the other days. I am assuming that they would add on time to the school days as well.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 8 years
I don't agree with this at all. Not all parents can afford to work a four days a week and those that depend on afterschool, like myself, would have to pay for daycare for that one day they don't have school. If it were up to me my son would be in school 11 1/2 months out of the year.
jessie jessie 8 years
oh please no!!!!! there goes every parents sanity! ;) but really, i think it just cheats the children. they miss out on so much learning. they need to find other areas to cut first.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
No, not at all.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
unless the work week is cut to 4 days as well
skigurl skigurl 8 years
it would work for families who also have shorter work weeks or stay at home parents, but otherwise it's going to be a pain in the butt for families (ie: childcare!) and cutting buses is a terrible idea. my poor little sister had to walk like 6km to school because we were one block short of getting a bus. i mean, thats ridiculous
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