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
Yes school days should be longer, just not nation wide. We do not have the funding nor recourses everywhere to make this a common thing. But it would benefit students largely. The U.S. has fallen behind academically compared to other countries. In order to make up for that schools are cramming as much in a possible in a short man of time. If we extended the school day even just an hour it could make it easier on students to grasp everything. This would also reduce homework and make the transitions in between classes smoother.
As to the financial issues, because we do not have the rescues for this project to go nation wide I suggest it becomes more of a growth. That schools slowly start to take on to the idea. This would give us time to adapt and continue the growth.
“Students need time after class-” Yes this is true but it won’t effect homes of social skills. There are still weekends for these students to socialize with and all families come together at least once in the day for dinner and such. There is no border keeping students form socializing. Although I will admit after school activities such as sports may need to be cut down a bit. But hen you look at the importance between playing a sport and the opportunity to enhance your education which is more beneficial in the long run? And if enough schools take a licking to the new schedule sports and after school activities will have to move after it. (adaptation)
Some schools have already started experimenting with this. Schools that are behind added an extra hour and showed almost twice as much improvement.
I am a honors high school student. I get up at 6:30am, my school starts at 7:45am and goes until 2:45pm. I stay about an hour after school to finish homework and get any extra information from my teachers.Then I go to work my community service hours (required for school) I get home around 6:30 and eat dinner, clean the kitchen and have free time until around 10pm when I go to bed. I have enough time to eat, sleep, socialize, and still have additional time. Once I finish with my service hours I plan to get a job, by law I can only work until 7pm, but it wouldn’t effect my schedule. I have enough time, having additional school time wouldn’t effect this.