November 5, 2014
Why all Schools Should Have a Four Day School Week
Changing the five day school week has been argued for and against due the controversy as to whether or not it would actually be beneficial to students and teachers. When approaching the idea, many people would like to believe that five day school weeks are the most efficient and productive way to educate our youth. What is often overlooked, however, is that it is causing students to dread school more than they already do, and lessen their willingness to be in or attentive at school. Not only this, but many teachers easily get behind on either grading or lesson planning, while the school could actually save money when switching to this schedule. By refreshing the way the school schedule has previously been, we can address the issue of exhausted students who don't truly learn anything, teachers who are overwhelmed with work and the economic questions within America's schools. Providing both students and teachers with a more equal week of break and school time by having Wednesdays off will make students more willing to attend school, give the teachers time to furnish their lesson plans and give the school a break in costs.
When faced with the four day school week in multiple state in the Western region of the United States, the results of many schools proved that it would be truly be beneficial to student attendance. In "The Four-day School Week: Information and Recommendation", Beesley and Anderson magnifies the point that the new schedule resulted in "more time for appointments, family trips, and working…" because of the extra time that they received from a shorter school week. With the ability of having Wednesdays off, a day virtually all businesses are open, allows the opportunity for students to make time for priorities that occur outside of school while not having to miss school and makeup work. It also allows those students in high...
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