The Argument Against Longer School Days Essay
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Longer School Days: Why We Shouldn’t Lengthen the Day We have all seen the debate in the news no matter what area of Illinois you may live in, whether or not the Chicago Public Schools should lengthen the school day. In an online forum it states that during a meeting Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard vowed to add 90 minutes to each school day and two weeks to the school year by the fall of 2012. (Erbentraut J. 2011) The Chicago Public School board, CPS teachers’ union and Chicago mayor Rahm Emmanuel need to take into consideration the effects that lengthening the school day by an additional 90 minutes will have on students, parents, teachers, and the school community. Lengthening the school day will have several negative…show more content…
Students feel as though schools try to contain them and that they are not able to be themselves. They are forced to sit in a chair for a certain amount of time and to quietly complete assignments. The thought of this recurring activity results in students caring less about school, which eventually makes their grades decrease. By shortening the school days, students wouldn’t be as distressed about going to school and their grades would be higher. Fewer school hours per day would permit students to have enough time to study, complete school assignments, participate in after-school activities and be able to get to bed by a decent hour.” Rachel D, Teen Talk student writer.
The student above is just one of the many voices on the forum echoing the distaste for longer schools days. The pressure to balance the school workload is overwhelming and without the proper supports and teaching students how to balance the work, longer school days will not be the solution and instead serve as a detriment to the students and their success.
Teachers also have a voice when it comes to longer school days. I asked a teacher I know that works for the Chicago Public schools his view point and he was able to see both sides of the situation but when it came to pay he was not willing to budge. I asked him to log all the hours he works in a week for me to see how many hours a typical teacher puts in during a
Longer School Days Essay
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Longer School Days
Schools are so much a part of our society, so the accurate length of school days is extremely important. Public opinions on the length of the school days are different. There are a lot of parents and professors concerned that it is hard for children to go to school early in the morning and stay there the whole day. On the other side, some professors try to force students into a nine hour school day. Not so many years ago, school was a main part of my life, and the school days’ structure and length affected my social life and ability to study. From my own experience and some studies that I have seen, students benefit if school days are long.
Lengthened school days help to create a supportive…show more content…
According to a report from the New York City district, a school that received funds for longer days fared better on standardized tests. This school had seven percent more students scoring at or above grade level in reading, when two other schools had increases of five and six percent. In math, three percent of students scored at or above grade level in a school with a longer day, compared with one percent for a low performing school and an average of one percent for other schools (Brett 1). This information is one example of many studies that illustrate that long school days have a great positive impact on school performance. The main school goals are improving students’ knowledge and building different skills that will help them in the future. Therefore, if longer school days support these educational goals, people should be concerned about improving schools by lengthening the day.
Following parents’ demands and school needs, some schools want a longer day. DeKalb middle school in Atlanta already offers after-school enrichment programs and wants to offer all students the extra hours of instruction. Marion Anders, executive director for DeKalb middle school, is doing some things to reform the school. He is working on educational programs, where students spend at list five hours per day in core academic subjects. Also, he asks for additional funds to pay teachers extra to tutor low-achieving students in reading and math (Madison 16). Therefore, some