Back in the early days of Edudemic (November 2010), I wrote a simple post asking if school days should be longer. I think Edudemic had about 3 visitors a month at that point (thanks mom and dad!) so it didn’t get much traction. However, the post just got an interesting comment from Jamie Baird, a middle school teacher in North Carolina. Her students laid a Pros and Cons list on the topic of school days being longer. Here’s her comment. What do you think? Should school days be longer?
Our 7th grade class thinks that this issue has pros and cons.
- Students will learn more materials.
- Students can receive more help.
- Students will have more time for hands-on projects.
- If the school year was longer, students wouldn’t forget as much material over a long summer break.
- Students will be too tired.
- Students will misbehave because they resent the change.
- Students won’t be able to spend as much time with their family.
- It will cost more money to extend the school year.
- If the day is extended, students will get home too late.
- Students won’t have time to complete homework if the day is extended.
- Students would miss out on extracurricular activities.
Out of 10 students, 4 students would extend the school year or day, 3 students would not extend the school year or day, and 3 students are undecided.
Should the school day be longer? Weigh in down in the comments or on the Edudemic Facebook page. Looking forward to seeing your thoughts!