Did you know that a four day school week has shown to improve math grades relieve stress from teachers and give families more time for family time. Albertans has been using the five day week for as long as our schools have gone on but all around us schools are changing don 't you think we should to??? Here in Alberta we are using the old fashion 5 day week, but studies have shown that a four day week has improved our math grades. A four day week somehow has shown to improve math grades in Oakridge School District Superintendent Don Kordosky reported that test scores improved after his system in Oregon implemented the four-day school week. After that the attendance at his school shot up like a rocket.
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.
I think there should be four day school weeks because students most likely want more free time out of school. The school days will end at 4:00 or maybe 4:30 pm because regular school days wouldn’t be enough learning time. This way we could have longer class periods and it’ll help because you’ll get the help you need and work will be handed in on time. Every student has missing work, longer school days help you get some of it all in and grades will be up. Plus, maybe students could do a little work on the day that they won’t have school.
A four day school week has been proposed as a solution to cutback on both fuel and energy costs. 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.
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. If school districts implemented four-day school weeks, attendance and attitudes would be better, the school would be conserving energy, and families would be saving money. If one asked a high school student if they
The lack of revenue causes schools to look at ways to reduce money such as a four day school week. The four day school week has been suggested as one of the many solutions to address budget shortfalls. “The four day school week can look different from state to state and even district to district, but generally, it can be defined as one in which a school increases the hours in session for four days of the week so it can be closed one day”. (Johnson) The impact of the four day school week is generally considered in four areas to determine if it is a good decision for their district. One of the areas is financial savings.
Since this is an ongoing debate, there are both pros and cons of having a change happen. This paper will mainly focus on the benefits of why having a year-round calendar is better for the students. Debate on whether or not to change all school calendars to year-round or keep the traditional calendars has been going on for over the past twenty years. It only stopped during the Great Depression and World War II. Knowing that the first year-round school was created earlier, there is plenty of history for research about school calendars.
Starting school later is a simple thing to change, and an important one. “Over 20% of U.S. middle schools start the school day at 7:45 a.m. or earlier.” I think it’s time for our school to change, too. Starting school at 7:46 doesn’t allow middle schoolers to get enough sleep. In our class, 60% of kids only get 8 hours of sleep or less. Mrs. Schwabenland, 7th grade Critical Reading teacher recommends this, “There are two times in life where you grow the most - when you are a baby, and when you are teenager.
Being successful in school can greatly benefit a student in his or her life. There are multiple ways to be successful throughout school, and there are many techniques that the school can do to help a student learn to his or her best ability. Standardize testing is one of the techniques used in many schools throughout the country. Because of the “No Child Left Behind” legislation, the use of standardized testing has “grown dramatically in the recent years” (Wright). Because of this new legislation, kids are being tested every four years starting in the fourth grade.
Having a six hour and 50 minute school day (Monday - Friday) is a lot for kids but they get through it alright. In the end, students weren’t nervous anymore, they were still excited, and the kids who miss summer at least got to see their friends again. The assembly was very good about telling the students what teachers/staff expect out of them. Finally, by at least the second week of school, kids will have their school routine down. It was a marvelous first day for the Sherwood Middle School