4-Day? No Way!

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It’s a dream for many students to spend less days in school and have a shorter school year. However, one school may be having that dream come true. According to Chalkbeat.com, Brighton District in Detroit, Mich., and School District 27J in Denver, Colo., has approved the plan to shorten the school week from the standard 5-day week to a 4-day week instead.

The school week begins with Tuesday and ends on Friday with Saturday through Monday being the weekend. In order to reach school time requirements, the day will be extended 40 minutes, and the day will roughly end around 4:00 in the afternoon.

Many parents see this as a controversial move, due to the belief that children should be in school all day nearly every day. Others view this as move that will benefit kids due to spending less time in school and thus having a larger brake.

Personally, I feel that this move is one step forward, three steps back. Based on what I’ve seen from other school systems in other countries such as Finland, American children and teenagers could benefit from less time in school due to having restrictive time restraints nearly dissipated and more time to sleep in and recharge so they could pay attention.

For me, the school day starts at 8:30 now, which is okay since it’s closer to 9:00, a time when most teens become fully conscious. But all of this is negated by having students now go home at nearly 4:30. This isn’t including afterschool activities and tutoring. Students are not going to have time to really relax and do work if they aren’t getting home till 7:00 p.m. This wouldn’t be a problem if school officials keep the times the same as before and left it at 4-day school weeks, but since they have to reach a quota of so many documented learning hours officials can’t do that.

I feel as a whole, this is a step in the right direction by shortening the school week, however, there are still so many problems with the school system that it might not have that strong of a difference in student performances.

 

By Jalyn Long, Senior, Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep

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