Question of the Day: Is a 4 Day School Week a Good Idea?

By Tom Johnson

Apr 14, 2009 3:08pm

Across the country, at least 17 states now have school districts that have switched to a four day school week.  The days are longer, but come Friday students have no class.  For many districts it’s about saving money.  A school can save a great deal of money by dropping a day, especially what it spends on fuel for its buses.  Proponents also argue that besides costs, a four day week provides parents and children with a free day for at home learning, activities and doctor’s appointments.  Then there are the parents and educators that feel a four day week is a terrible idea.  There is not a great deal of research on how it effects learning.  But many — President Obama included — argue children need more time in the classroom not less.  They say it is a burden on working parents who will be forced to scramble for childcare. Times are tough and schools are trying to figure out how navigate a recession.  What are your thoughts on dropping a school day?   

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