Today I’ll be addressing the argument between changing to a four-day school week from a five-day school week. In my own hoenest opinion I would rather change and have a four day school week. This is because I believe I do better in school when we have that extra day off. I am well rested and feel less stressed because I have more than enough time to get my work done. But I know that there are some cons to having a four day school week.
For high schools specifically, attendance is a serious issue. Students would be less reluctant to go to school if either a Friday or Monday was omitted from the school week. Because of this, students might have an improved attitude at school, which could lead to less violence. Going to school one less day per week would also conserve energy and save money for the school. For students whose parent or guardian drives them to and from school, driving to and from school one less time during the week would save them gas.
When we think of schools around the world that are changing from a traditional five day school week to a four-day school we think “okay why not” but there are actually both pros and cons about having a four day school week. Faced with unstable fuel and energy prices and rising education costs, school districts across the nation are considering ways in which to reduce their money and increase use of limited resources. Leadership is one of the main things students need work on when having a four day school week. Also, professional development for teachers is a big thing for a four day school week. The lack of revenue causes schools to look at ways to reduce money such as a four day school week.
First, with an earlier start time there is more daylight for sports, allowing for longer practices. Second, Cline (2011) writes that a later start time can impact hours for after-school jobs; which are necessities for some students saving up for college or buying their first car. Third, “Starting the day early means more time for after-school tutoring and that student-athletes miss fewer classes to travel to after-school competitions” (Anderson, n.d., para. 2). An early start helps to ensure that a student or student-athlete can get help on a topic that they struggle with.
In a United States poll, about 73% of students say that they “don’t like school.” That is a huge percent of students that don’t like school or don’t want to go to school. So the question is, how can we change this? What can we do as a community to put a stop to this, to help the students?
It has shown to reduce these costs in most studies. Right now more than 120 school districts across the country are using the four day school week. Studies show that both student and teacher attendance is greater with a four day school week. Some schools show moral and academic performance has also improved. While there are many pros, there are only a few cons.
I think that the attendance shot up like that because parents have an excuse and the kids have no weapon they can 't say they want a day off because they already do. Did you know that in British columbia a whole school district was going to close down, but after they switched to the 4 day school week they could keep all their schools running, this happened because of the four day week saving a ton of money not only for the school but for the parents. A four day school week cuts down on the gas money electricity bill and much, much more, imagine if your school switched to the four day week you could save money too. What I am trying to tell you is that a four day week can keep your schools in business save you money and improve your kids grades all in one!
This can all be changed with more funding for busses. Sports wouldn’t need to change that much, but they would go later into the day with how current practice times for these sports and other activities are. For students who work, this might also be an issue with how some shifts start at four, and they might need more time to get from school to
So again this could in the long run help us, because if people don’t talk as much then Teachers won’t have to stop and wait for people to be quiet… and that would save us class time. I think we should have longer breaks so we can talk with people we don’t see as much. Have you ever been late to class because you can’t get there in fast enough? If we had longer breaks it would benefit both teachers and students. We should have longer breaks, because it would help the whole school… and not just
“Part of education is to help students be prepared for jobs, all year schooling allows students to be more prepared for professional work day hours. In the real world, employees do not get 3 months off. “ —Doctor Hawk Because we agree with the statement by Doctor Janelle Hawk, my partners and I affirm the resolution: Year round schooling benefits students, their families, and the community. We offer the following three reasons to support our side. Overcrowding, frequent breaks, and benefits to low income families.
Is our students not being taught what they really need to know? Has too much technology made us lazy? Although this is a very complex problem that needs multiple solutions a year round school schedule is the primary change that needs to be made to improve on this ranking. I have identified 4 key solutions
Breaks like these give student and teachers much needed time to blow off the anger built up inside of them. The environment of schools with year-round schedules is much better because of it since students don’t have that anger built up inside of them and teachers are not frustrated at the students as much, “ Teachers who work for year-long schools say that it gives them a break when they are on the verge of a meltdown.” (Long). It also lowers the amount of students who get in trouble at school, "I haven 't had one student sent to the office all week. And I know why.
Kyle Kling 14 October 2014 English 100-24 Professor Hall Academics to Six Flags Commitment and hard work can pay off for you in school in many ways. Those two things for me brought me to Six Flags Great America for a class field trip. In order for the students to go on the field trip they had to earn a 3.0 GPA or better. For me, this was really hard to accomplish because I was only an average student back then.