Four-day school weeks impact everyone. Schools down in finances could greatly be improved by cutting a regular five-day school week to a four-day. A school in Minnesota returned back to the five-day school after the four-day school week had saved them $1.2 million over six years (Johnson). Whereas the Maryville school adopted a shorter school week way back in 1996-97 (Chemlynski). Leaving LeMarie to say “‘the
“According to the Education Commission of the States, about 100 of the country’s approximately 15,000 school districts, in 17 states, use four-day weeks.” stated by Cindy Long. A four-day school week is a relatively new and innovative idea gaining popularity with students and teacher across the United States. The advantages of attending school only four days per week far outweigh the potential disadvantages. The financial savings to districts that jump on the four-days-per-week can be tremendous. Having a 4 day week would benefit not only the students, but also the teachers.
As what we have observed, not all courses and year levels are covered with this implementation. Many teachers and education experts wanted to impose back the five day school week scheme. This gives rise to many students especially those higher year level students that are having a hard time on managing their time doing school works complaining that the four day school week scheme should still be implemented. Although some teachers and education experts agree on a five day school week scheme, we believe that the four day school week scheme is still beneficial for Sillimanians because it reduces traffic and the cost for transportation and utility, it gives
If more schools have went to a 4 day school week many schools wouldn’t have financial debt and wouldn’t have to cut things from school’s. California is the 23rd most ranked school in debt in the world so a 4 day week could have schools all across California get out of debt. I predict that school’s would really benefit from 4 day school week and so could the students. I also predict that everyone would be happier to go to school because they are getting out a day early. A 5 day school week has been proven that more kids would get lower grades and in trouble more
My school switched to four days to cut spending. One day less of class means one day less of heating the school, fueling buses, feeding students and paying certain staff members. For a school desperate for funding, cutting out a day of the week is a reasonable option.
There is always a group of students after graduation or even before graduation who cannot see their selves continuing school for another four years. Especially when they have alternative options some students in high school would spend most of their day at high school and after lunch, they spend their day at a trade school. During their time at a trade school, they get a further learning on skills that high schools do not provide. Skills in plumbing, automotive, cosmetology, fashion design, heating and cooling, and many more different jobs. Most parents stress that important it's getting into college after high school because degrees look good on your résumé, and it can get you further in your career.
Shana Meyer, a teacher in the Apache Junction Unified District, argues teachers “use Fridays as their planning day” and that the lessons they have been “creating far superior lessons” compared to their previous lessons made during a five day school week (Long). They may be creating better lessons, but a schedule that is more spread out is more beneficial towards most students. Tim Tharp is a superintendent in Starburst, Montana who recorded student scores over time during a four day school schedule and compared them to the student scores during a five day school schedule. He concluded that student scores improved at first, but as time went on the scores plummeted. Despite these amazing lesson plans, the students’ performance overall did not improve.
In fact, students who take a gap year are more likely to finish college in four years than those who enroll directly after high school. A gap year does not even have to be a whole year, it can be three months, six months, eight months, or just however long you need it to be. Others may view gap years as a mistake because they seem like a waste of time. In reality, gap years are an extremely beneficial way of exploring yourself, and are absolutely worth the time. As a matter of fact, 98% say it helped them develop as a person, and 73% say it increased their college readiness.
The alteration of the school schedule would also decrease productivity in students of all ages. It is exceedingly difficult for teenagers to focus for eight hours at a time, let alone ten. Dr. Iroise Dumontheil, author of research regarding the development of students, declared that it was not due to lack of motivation that students have trouble focusing in school. She stated, “it’s not the fault of teenagers that they can’t concentrate… Adolescents simply don’t have the same mental capacities as an adult” (A. Hill 2010). Accordingly, by asking students to remain in classes for an extra two hours a day, school systems are requesting more devotion from teenagers who cannot focus for lengthy periods of time due to their developing brains.
Some companies and work places have adopted a four day work week to conserve energy and resources. Every day consists of a ten hour work day, should your school follow this model by extending the school day by two hours? If you think about all the benefits and the disadvantages to a four day school week would you want to do this? School is already long so why add another two hours, most students hardly get enough sleep with the hours we have now so how do schools expect us to stay up if we do not get enough sleep. Most students have after school activities they do so if we were to add two hours we would get out around five, and after school activities are usually two to three hours long but it depends on what you are doing so you literally would not get out till seven or eight at night.
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. As time went on in school, I realized if you put your mind to something you can accomplish it.
There has to be another reason why our country ranks so poorly. 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
High school testing is noticeably easier than college for general reasons. High school teachers give you more quizzes and tests but they only cover the material the teacher has covered for that chapter; college professors will give you large amounts of material over a long period of time and expect you to remember and pass the one of the few tests you 'll get all year. There is always a make up test in high school but in college not so much, teachers aren 't too lenient about make up tests when they give you a week in advance to do it. Teachers will often reschedule the test in case of school events with conflicting dates. College professors don’t care they just want the work turned in, I’ve had a situation where the team was at the hotel and we didn 't have wifi and the teacher said I couldn 't make up the test even though I told him I was not going to be on campus.
For many years, schools around the nation have focused on sports instead of their academic studies. Many studies show that these activities are harming places of learning. Therefore, districts around the country should stop this after class past time to save money, reduce the child’s stress, and to increase the learners grades As many Americans know, money can help to achieve a great education. In an article “Should Your School Get Rid of Sports”, it was found that “many schools can not afford to repair classrooms due to the lack of funding”(Ripley 10).The biggest events the schools have to pay for are the games, they have to pay for the concession stands, to clean up after the kids who leave their trash and they have to repair the bleachers
Year round schooling has been going on in most arguments about whether it is going to improve student learning. With 34 countries in the world, US has the least amount of school days in a year. Most people may say that an year-round school can give nothing other than stress to students, but there are some positive effects to it. Most educators and school boards claim repeatedly that learning loss would be eliminated from shorter breaks in a school round