Start later and remove homework.
My daughter brings home two
hours’ worth of homework in fourth
grade. It’s unacceptable. I’m not
expected to bring my work home
with me. Kids need time to be kids
and participate in extracurricular
activities, not be bogged down with
more school work.—Nicholas Martin
If we were doing what’s best for
their ability to learn and maintain
[what they learn], not based on parents’ workday schedules, the days
would be slightly shorter. [They
would] start at 9 (some kids are
on bus routes 45 minutes one-way
every day), and there would not be
such a long summer break to forget
things. The problem in America is
that everything has evolved to be
around adults’ work schedules.
—Shelly Grinnell Graves
I think it’s not the [quantity of] time
spent at school that needs work;
it’s the quality of time spent.
Kids need smaller groups and more
—Mandy White Prestine
In the Netherlands, they found
people were more productive and
happier when they worked six-hour
days. They literally got more work
done in six hours than in eight
or even 10.
Shorter school days are not the
solution. Year-round schools are.
Statistics have proven that kids
have less retention when they go
from grade to grade because of
the long break over the summer.
Personally, I think a longer school
day would be better. The extra time
can be spent in recess or physical
education. Recess time is so limited
where my kids attend school.
My kids go to a school where the
school day is five hours and 20
minutes. That time includes all
academics, art, music, lunch, etc.,
and the time is the same through
high school. Best decision our
family ever made.
Are shorter school
days a good idea?
LEGISLATURES AROUND the country are discussing the length of the
school day, with some calling for fewer hours. Proponents say fewer
hours in school could afford opportunities for additional educational or
vocational experiences, community service or after-school jobs, not to
mention savings for school districts via less utility usage and lower wages for teachers and other employees. Opponents point to the reduction in instructional time and the potential need to prolong the school
year to meet classroom requirements.
What do you think?
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