Why School Should Only Be 4 Days A Week
Being at school five days a week can be very draining for students of all ages. Find out how some school districts are changing this norm.
Facing major budget cuts, many U.S. schools are experimenting with innovative ways to adapt, including switching to a four-day school week. As many as 100 school districts have implemented a four-day week, especially in Colorado where over one-third of their school districts have adopted this schedule. While you probably aren't likely to hear students complain about having a three-day weekend every weekend, this potentially offers a lot of advantages: removing a day means spending 20 percent less on things like busing, food, and utilities--in theory. Reports have found actual savings to end up being somewhat paltry, ranging from 0.4 to 2.5 percent per year.
But not all the benefits would necessarily be financial. A recent study published in the journal Education, Finance and Policy found a surprising trend: Colorado schools that switched to a four-day week actually saw increased math scores amongst fifth graders. They feared that longer days in a shorter school week be detrimental to younger students who tend to have shorter attention spans. They were also concerned about academic loss, the phenomenon where students forget things they learned after returning from long weekends and breaks, but the four-day week somehow bucked this trend.
Do you think you would have benefitted from a shorter school week, or is this just going to cause millennials to feel more entitled and spoiled than they already are? We'd love to hear your thoughts, so please share them in the comments.
The Advantages of a Four Day School Week (Seattle Pi)
"A four-day school week is a relatively new and innovative idea gaining popularity with students and teacher across the United States. For some, the advantages of attending school only four days per week far outweigh the potential disadvantages."
The Effect a Four-Day School Week Has on Teachers and Students (University of Scranton)
"What if instead of a five-day week, school districts switched to a four-day week? A concept dating back to the 1930's, economic hardships now have districts examining and implementing this option more than ever before."